Saint Ansgar, Archbishop of Hamburg

St. Ansgar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary to Denmark and Sweden – (8 September 801 – 3 February 865) –

The “apostle of the north” (Scandinavia) had enough frustrations to become a saint—and he did. He directed new apostolic activities in the North, traveling to Denmark and being instrumental in the conversion of another king. He was an extraordinary preacher, a humble and ascetical priest. He was devoted to the poor and the sick, imitating the Lord in washing their feet and waiting on them at table.

~Statue of Saint Ansgar by Theobald Stein (7 February 1829 – 16 November 1901), outside the Marmorkirken, Copenhagen, Denmark