How much do you know about Saint Wilfrid? Try to find the answers to the following questions:
In what year was Wilfrid born?
At what age did Wilfrid leave home to join the monastery?
Where did he become Abbot of in 658AD?
How many times did he visit Rome?
How many miles is it from Hexham to Rome?
Who did Wilfrid preach to during his exile, who then converted to Christianity?
Whose dates for Easter did Wilfrid argue were correct, at the Synod of Whitby in 664AD?
In what year did Wilfrid die?
Where is Wilfrid buried?
What can we learn from Wilfrid’s courage, conviction and zeal?
The following videos may help you learn a little bit more about his life and his legacy.
When we look into the life of St Wilfrid, we see a saint who lived to establish the church in the north of England against many oppositions. His determination and strong confidence in his beliefs led to him facing lots of opposition from all sides. But he showed resilience and character and stood strong for what he felt was right.
Today, let us consider how we can stand for truth and have the same resilience and determination shown by St Wilfrid and St Paul, when he wrote:
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Races and fights can often be difficult to face and are often faced alone; let us show the same determination and resilience, and offer to support to those around us who need a helping hand.