Saint Sebaldus

Saint Sebald from a German woodcut, c.1480; swiped off the National Gallery of ArtAlso known as

  • Sebald
  • Sinibaldo
  • Siward



Son of a Danish chieftain who had settled in England. Missionary in the Reichswald area of Germany, working with Saint Willibald of Eichstatt, Saint Winibald and Saint Boniface. Popular preacher who converted many, he later retired near Nuremburg, Germany where he would alternate life as a prayerful hermit and then a zealous evangelist.

A number of miracle stories are told about him

  • he converted stones to bread and water to wine to feed his fellow missionaries
  • he burned icicles as firewood in the dead of winter to keep the poor from freezing
  • when he was being heckled by a profane blasphemer, Sebaldus prayed, and the earth opened up to swallow the pagan; as he fell into the earth, the heckler asked for forgiveness; he was spat back out
  • when a poor peasant was blinded by his lord, Sebaldus restored the man’s missing eyes by praying over him






Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Sebaldus“. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 December 2020. Web. 8 May 2021. <>