Ludger

liudger) (c.744-809. Missionary to the Saxons. Born near Utrecht, he studied under Gregory (of Utrecht) before visiting England and studying under Alcuin at York.* In 775 he was sent to continue the missionary work of Lebuin at Deventer. Afterward he lived at Dockum and evangelized the Frieslanders. His work was not without opposition. Charlemagne sent him to preach to the Saxons of Westphalia, and about 803 he became bishop of Münster (Mimigernaford). Before this he had established a monastery in the same area. He died on a preaching tour and was buried in the Benedictine monastery at Werden.