St Ulric healing oil
St Ulric healing oil is dedicated to St. Ulric who was born in 890 at Kyburg, Zurich, Switzerland. He died on July 4, 973 at Augsburg of natural causes. He was buried in the Church of Saint Afra.
Ulric was educated at the monastic school of Saint Gall and proved to be an excellent student. Also, he served as chamberlain to his uncle, Blessed Adalbero, bishop of Augsburg.
He was ordained as Bishop of Augsburg on December 28, 923.
When the Magyars plundered Germany, they besieged Augsburg. However, due to Ulric’s courage, his leadership, and his ability to organize the resistance, Augsburg held firm until Emperor Otto arrived.
St Ulric charged with nepotism
After 48 years as bishop, an ill and exhausted Ulric resigned his seat. He handed the diocese over to his nephew-a move which had the blessing of the emperor. However, the Synod of Ingelheim ruled it uncanonical. They charged and tried the aging bishop for nepotism. Ulrich apologized, did penance, and was forgiven, the message of which reached him on his death bed.
Ulric was the first saint to be canonized by a Pope. Subsequently, this led to the formal process that continues today. Legend has it that pregnant women who drank from his chalice had easy deliveries, and thus developed his patronage of pregnant women and easy births. In addition, the touch of his pastoral cross was used to heal people bitten by rabid dogs.
Ulric was canonized on February 3, 993, by Pope John XV.