Feastday: July 7
When did St. Willibald live: 700-786
Biography of St. Willibald:
Willibald was the brother of St. Winebald and St. Walburga and his cousin was the great St. Boniface. As a native of Essex, he first studied in a monastery in Hampshire and then went on a pilgrimage to Rome, during which his father died. After being mistakenly captures, he was released and continued his pilgrimage to Jerusalem and other holy places. On his return, he met the pope who sent him to Germany to help his cousin St. Boniface, who later ordained him. Together with his brother, he founded a monastery at Heidenheim of which he became bishop and his brother abbot. He died in Bavaria.
Patronage of St. Willibald: Patron of the grid makers and of the diocese of Eichstätt
Wooden sculptures and carvings representing St. Willibald- representation, imagery and emblem: St. Willibald is represented as a bishop with miter, book, crook and two arrows as a symbol for his successful mission.