Feast day: October 21
When did St. Wendelin live: 554 - 617
Biography of St. Wendelin:
Wendelin was born in 554 as the son of the King of Scotland. He was educated by a bishop and decided to refuse his life as a prince and instead devote his life to God. After a pilgrimage to Rome, he lived as a hermit in Germany for a while. Then, he started tending sheep for a wealthy man, who built a chapel in his honor. There, Wendelin established the Tholey Abbey of which he became abbot. Wendelin died in 617 in Tholey.
Patronage: St. Wendelin is patron saint of shepherds, farmers, of cattle, against animal diseases, for prosperous weather and good harvest, for nature and environmental protection
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Wendelin - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Wendelin is shown as shepherd with sheep and shepherd's shovel.