Feast day: 12 October and 24 April
When did St. Wilfrid live: 633 - 709
Wilfrid was born in 633 in Northumberland and was educated at Lindesfarne before moving to Lyons and the later Rome. After his return to England, he was nominated abbot of Ripon. In 699, he was appointed bishop of York and put great effort in the building of new monasteries. Furthermore, Wilfrid played an important role in politics. He was sent in exile because his diocese was split. Afterwards, he evangelised the pagan Saxons. In 703, he retired to his monastery at Ripon and died in 710 after a long time of prayer.
Patronage: St. Wilfrid is patron saint of the Diocese of Ripon
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Wilfrid of York - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Wilfrid of York is shown as a bishop with miter, crosier, book and jesus child