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St Switbert of Kaiserswerth (Patron for Angina)

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Saint Suitbert a monk from the English region of Northumbria immigrated to Ireland. Where he became a disciple of Saint Egbert in the monastery of Rathmelsigi. Described by his contemporary Saint Bede as a “humble-hearted” religious.

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St Switbert of Kaiserswerth (Patron for Angina)

St Switbert of Kaiserswerth ,a monk from the English region of Northumbria immigrated to Ireland. Where he became a disciple of Saint Egbert in the monastery of Rathmelsigi. Described by his contemporary Saint Bede as a “humble-hearted” religious.

St Switbert of Kaiserswerth studied in Ireland at Rathmelsigi, Connacht. Along with Ecgberht of Ripon. The latter filled with zeal for the conversion of the Germans had sent Wihtberht to evangelize the Frisians. But owing to the opposition of the pagan ruler Rathbone. Therefore, Suitbert was unsuccessful and returned to England. However, Ecgberht then sent Willibrord and his twelve companions among whom was Suitbert.

They landed near the mouth of the Rhine and journeyed to Utrecht which became their headquarters. The new missionaries worked with great success under the protection of Pepin of Heristal. Who having recently conquered a portion of Frisia. Suitbert labored chiefly in North Brabant, Gelderland, and Cleves.

Suitbert laboured chiefly in North Brabant, Gelderland, and Cleves.

St Suitbert one of twelve monks of Rathmelsigi sent by Egbert on a mission to evangelize the Netherlands. Among his companions was the famed missionary Saint Willibrord.

After winning the conversions of many pagans by his zeal. Suitbert consecrated regional bishop for this mission in 693. Here he was successful for a time.

Suitbert saw in this misfortune an opportunity to withdraw. From the world and prepare himself spiritually for death.

He founded a monastery on an island along the Rhine. Where the town of Kaiserswerth now stands near Dusseldorf, Germany. Suitbert spent the rest of his life in the Kaiserswerth monastery.

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