Saint Boniface

June 5 – St. Boniface, Archbishop of Mainz, Missionary to Germany, Martyr – St. Boniface, a monk of Exeter in England, is one of the great figures of the Benedictine Order and of the monastic apostolate in the Middle Ages. Gregory II sent him to preach the Gospel in Germany. He evangelized Hesse, Saxony...

Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop of & Missionary to Armenia

March 23 – Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop of and Missionary to Armenia – The apostle, national saint, and patron of Armenia, he refused to take part in a great sacrifice to the national gods ordered by King Trdat, and declared himself a Christian. He was then tortured in various horrible ways, all the more...

Saints Cyril & Methodius, Missionaries to the Slavs

February 14 – SS. Cyril and Methodius, Missionaries to the Slavs – Two Byzantine Greek brothers born in Thessaloniki in the 9th century. They became missionaries of Christianity among the Slavic peoples of Bulgaria, Great Moravia and Pannonia. Through their work they influenced the cultural development of all Slavs, for which they received the...

Saint Ansgar, Archbishop of Hamburg

Feb. 3 – 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...

John Christian Frederick Heyer, Missionary to India

November 8 – John Christian Frederick Heyer, Missionary to India – John Christian Frederick Heyer was the first missionary sent out by Lutherans in America. Born in Germany on July 10, 1793, he came to America in 1807 to escape the Napoleonic wars. He studied theology in Philadelphia and the University of Gottingen. Back...

Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, Missionary to America

October 7 – Henry Melchior Muhlenberg (1711-1787) A prominent American Lutheran pioneer pastor, church planter, organizer, administrator, liturgist and chronicler. Sent by Halle Pietists in 1742 to counter Moravian incursions among German Lutherans in Pennsylvania, Muhlenberg succeeded in quickening and galvanizing Lutheran self-consciousness and uniting communities into a synod by codifying religious practices during...