An English monk, his interest in his Saxon roots took him to Germany, where he changed his name to Boniface and successfully evangelized the tribes that lived there. He chopped down the oak tree sacred to Thor, and when the crowds saw there was no retribution paid for this act, they began to follow him. A happy and popular man, he attracted many English priests and nuns to join him. He was murdered in the Netherlands while reading in his tent.
Other patronages: World Youth Day; brewers, file cutters, tailors