Saints of the Day – Ulfrid, Martyr


(also known as Wolfred, Wilfrid, Wulfrid) Born in England; died 1029. Saint Ulfrid, like Saint Sigfrid, was an Englishman of great learning and virtue, who quit his homeland to preach the Gospel in Germany and Sweden during the reign of the pious Olav II, the first king of Sweden. His mission was effective until he was martyred for destroying a tree (or statue) dedicated to the Norse god Thor with an axe. He was lynched by the crowd who had gathered to see him destroyed by the angry gods, and his body was thrown into the marsh (Attwater2, Benedictines, Farmer, Husenbeth).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 September 2021. Web. 29 November 2021. <>