Wolfgang was born in Swabia, Germany in 930 A.D. He studied at Reichenau under the Benedictines and at Wurzburg before serving as a teacher in the cathedral school of Trier. He soon entered the Benedictines at Einsiedeln in 964 and was appointed head of the monastery school, receiving ordination in 971.
He then set out with a group of monks to preach among the Magyars of Hungary, but the following year (972) was named bishop of Regensburg by Emperor Otto II. As bishop, he distinguished himself brilliantly for his reforming zeal and his skills as a statesman. He brought the clergy of the diocese into his reforms, restored monasteries, promoted education, preached enthusiastically, and was renowned for his charity and aid to the poor, receiving the title Eleemosynarius Major (Grand Almoner).
He also served as tutor to Duke Henry of Bavaria’s son, who later became Emperor. Wolfgang died at Puppingen near Linz, Austria. He was canonized in 1052 by Pope St. Leo IX.
Wolfgang joined his friend, Henry, in school in Wurzburg, and also went with him as a teacher in the cathedral school of Trier when Henry became the Archbishop there in the year 956.
Our associates help form our consciences. Wolfgang apparently kept good company as he and his friend, Henry, both were holy men who served our Lord.
Lord, help us to follow in your footsteps just as your Apostles did, that we may be a good example to others. Grant us the graces we need to be good disciples and always lead our friends on the path to holiness.
Saint Wolfgang, pray for us. Amen.
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