Feast day: March 26
When did St. Ludger live: 742- 809
Biography of St. Ludger:
Ludger was born in 742 in Zuilen (Netherlands), and was educated by St. Gregory at Utrecht. In England, he studied at York and was then ordained priest in 777 in Cologne (Germany) after which he spent seven years as a missionary. After a meeting with Charlemagne, he was empowered with the duty of spiritual direction of five provinces. He refused to become bishop of Trier, but instead became the founding bishop of Münster in 804. Ludger died in 809.
Patronage: St. Ludger is patron saint of the Dutch cities Groningen, Veventer, of East Frisia and of the diocese of Münster in Germany
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Ludger - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Ludger is shown as a bishop with miter, crosier, book, cross around his neck and a little church as a symbol for the monastery of Münster, which he founded.