Feast day: February 2nd
When did St. Burkard of Würzburg live: 684 - 755
Biography of St. Burkard of Würzburg:
Burkard was born in 684 in a noble family in Southern England. He became a benedictine monk and was ordained priest by Bonifatius at the age of 30, after which he worked as a missionary. In 738, he was elected abbot of the cloister Rorlach and then in 742 bishop of Würzburg. Burkard founded several benedictine abbeys, the most important one being St. Andrew's, later called after him. He retired in 753 and spent his last months of life in a monastery.
Patronage: St. Burkard is patron saint against joint diseases, rheumatism, kidney stones and lumbar pains
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Burkard of Würzburg - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Burkard is shown as a bishop with miter, book, crosier and golden sword.