Walburga, Saint(wôlbûr`gə), d. c.779, English missionary in Germany; sister of St. WillibaldWillibald, Saint
, d. 787?, English missionary in Germany. He traveled in the East and was sent from Rome on a mission to aid St. Boniface. He was made first bishop of Eichstätt. St. Walburga was his sister, and St. Winnebald, first abbot of Heidenheim, was his brother. Feast: June 7.
..... Click the link for more information. . She went there to assist St. BonifaceBoniface, Saint
, c.675–754?, English missionary monk and martyr, called the Apostle of Germany, b. Devonshire, England. His English name was Winfrid. He was educated in the monastery of Nursling, near Winchester.
..... Click the link for more information. , settling at Heidenheim, near Eichstätt (NW of Ingolstadt), where another brother, Winnebald (or Wynbald), had an abbey. St. Walburga's convent became a principal center of civilization in Germany and an important shrine. Other forms of her name are Walpurgis, Walpurga, and Vaubourg. Feast: Feb. 25.
Walpurgisnacht, the traditional German witches' sabbath held in the HarzHarz
, mountain range, northern Germany, extending c.60 mi (100 km) between the Elbe and Leine rivers. The rugged mountains were once densely forested. They culminate in Brocken peak (3,747 ft/1,142 m high).
..... Click the link for more information. mountains, is named after her for unknown reasons. It is held on the eve of one of her feasts, May 1. There is a famous Walpurgisnacht scene in Goethe's Faust.