- Adalbert of Egmond
Saint Adalbert of Egmond (also called Adelbert of Egmond) (d first half of the 8th century in
Egmond) was a Northumbrian Anglo-Saxon missionary. He was one of Saint Willibrord's companions in preaching the gospelin Hollandand Frisia.
The "Life" of Adalbert is not rich in fact. He is said to have been born in
Northumbriaand, according to some sources, to have been first a monk at Rathmelsigi(possibly on the site of the later Mellifont Abbey, Co. Louth) and to have assisted in Irelandwith the missionary work of Saint Egbert. He then went in c 690 to assist Saint Willibrord(who had also been at Rathmelsigi) in the mission field of Frisia, where he became associated particularly with Egmond. He was buried there, and miracles were reported at his tomb, over which a church was built.
His continued remembrance rests largely on the foundation of the
Benedictinemonastery at Egmond, the first in the country, some two hundred years later by Count Dirk I of West Frisia (or Holland), of which Adalbert was made the patron. The "Vita" was not commissioned until the 990s, which presumably accounts for its lack of facts. Adalbert's relics were translated to the newly built abbey (initially, a convent) for veneration. After the Reformationand the destruction of the abbey, they were preserved in Haarlem. The cult was reinstated when the abbey was re-founded in 1923, and the relics were returned there in 1984. The saint's skull, painstakingly restored, is also preserved beneath the high altar. HIs feast dayis 25 June.
* [http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/saintaag.htm Catholic Forum article]
* [http://utopia.knoware.nl/users/ikedl/chant/ike/saints/Adelbertus_of_Egmond_st.htm Utopia article]
* [http://www.abdijvanegmond.nl/patroon.html Life of Adalbert, website of Egmond Abbey, in Dutch]
* [http://www.ping.be/~ijpelaan/Heil2.html Detailed consideration of the legend and relics of Adalbert, in Flemish]
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