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Waire, Venerable
English friar and martyr, hanged, drawn, and quartered at St. Thomas Waterings in Camberwell (a brook at the second milestone on the Old Kent Road), July 8, 1539
Wakash Indians
A linguistic family inhabiting the western coast of British Columbia
Walafrid
German poet and theologian of the ninth century, b. in Swabia of poor parents; d. at Reichenau, 849
Walburga, Saint
B. in Devonshire, about 710; d. at Heidenheim, Feb. 25, 777
Waldenses
An heretical sect which appeared in the second half of the twelfth century and, in a considerably modified form, has survived to the present day
Wales
That western portion of Great Britain
Walkenried
Formerly one of the most celebrated Cistercian abbeys of Germany, situated in the Duchy of Brunswick between Lauterberg and Nordhausen. Founded in 1127 by Countess Adelheid of Klettenberg
Walla-Walla Indians
A Shahaptian tribe dwelling on the Walla-Walla (i.e. rushing water) River and the Columbia in Washington and Oregon, from Snake River to the Umatilla
Walsingham Priory
Stood a few miles from the sea in the northern part of Norfolk, England
Walter Burleigh
Friar Minor and medieval philosopher, b. in 1275 and d. in 1337
Walter Colman
Friar Minor and English martyr (d. 1645)
Walter Hilton
Augustinian mystic, d. March 24, 1396
Walter Map
Archdeacon of Oxford, b. around 1140; d. between 1208 and 1210
Walter Odington
English Benedictine, also known as Walter of Evesham, by some writers confounded with Walter of Eynsham, who lived about fifty years earlier, d. not earlier than 1330
Walter of Chatillon
Poet in the second half of the twelfth century, b. at Lille; d. of the plague, probably at the city of Amiens, in the beginning of the thirteenth century
Walter of Merton
Bishop of Rochester and founder of Merton College, Oxford, b. probably at Merton in Surrey, or educated there; hence the surname; d. Oct. 27, 1277
Walter of Mortagne
A twelfth-century Scholastic philosopher, and theologian, b. at Mortagne in Flanders in the first decade of the twelfth century; d. at Laon, 1174
Walter of St-Victor
Mystic philosopher and theologian of the twelfth century
Walter of Winterburn
An English Dominican, cardinal, orator, poet, philosopher, theologian, b. in the thirteenth century; d. at Genoa, Aug. 26, 1305
Waltham Abbey
The Abbey of Waltham Holy Cross stood in Essex, some ten miles to the northeast of London, on the Middlesex border.
Walther von der Vogelweide
Minnesinger and gnomic poet, b. about 1170; d. in 1228
Wandelbert
Benedictine monk and theological writer, b. in 813; d. at Pram after 850
War
In its juridical sense, a contention carried on by force of arms between sovereign states, or communities having in this regard the right of states
War of the Peasants (1524-25)
A revolt of the peasants of southern and central Germany, the causes of which are disputed as a result of religious and political prejudice
Wardenship of Youghal
Chartered in 1464 in the Diocese of Cloyne
Washing of Feet and Hands
Owing to the general use of sandals in Eastern countries the washing of the feet was almost everywhere recognized from the earliest times as a duty of courtesy to be shown to guests (Gen., xviii, 4, xix, 2; Luke, vii, 44, etc.). The action of Christ after
Washington (state in U.S.)
The 29th state admitted to the United States
Washington, District of Columbia
The capital of the United States
Way of the Cross
A series of pictures or tableaux representing certain scenes in the Passion of Christ, each corresponding to a particular incident, or the special form of devotion connected with such representations
Wearmouth Abbey
On the river Wear, in Durham, England; a Benedictine monastery founded in 674 by St. Benedict Biscop
Weingarten
A suppressed Benedictine abbey, near Ravensburg, Wurtemberg, originally founded as a nunnery at Altdorf shortly after 900 by Henry Guelph
Weld
The name of an ancient English family
Wells in Scripture
It is difficult for inhabitants of a more humid climate to realize the importance which in a country like Palestine attaches to any source of fresh water.
Welsh Church
The Church of Wales
Welsh Monastic Foundations
If we follow the British Church when driven into Wales in the fifth century, we meet at once with saints and scholars, whose names are little known to English-speaking Catholics
Wenceslaus, Saint
Duke, martyr, and patron of Bohemia, b. probably 903; d. at Alt-Bunzlau, Sept. 28, 935
Wendelin of Trier, Saint
B. about 554; d. probably in 617
Wenrich of Trier
German ecclesiastico-political writer of the eleventh century
Wenzel Anton Kaunitz
Austrian prince, statesman (1711-1794)
Werburgh, Saint
Benedictine, patroness of Chester, Abbess of Weedon, Trentham, Hanbury, Minster in Sheppey, and Ely, b. in Staffordshire early in the seventh century; d. at Trentham, Feb. 3, 699 or 700
Werden
A suppressed Benedictine monastery near Essen in Rhenish Prussia, founded in 799 by St. Ludger
Wessobrunn
A suppressed Benedictine abbey near Weilheim in Upper Bavaria
West Syrian Rite
The rite used by the Jacobite sect in Syria and by the Catholic Syrians
West Virginia
The state
Western Schism
Rupture of ecclesiastical union and unity
Westminster Abbey
This most famous of all English abbeys is situated within the precincts of the Royal Palace of Westminster, like Holyrood in Scotland and the Escurial in Spain.
Westminster Cathedral
As a national expression of religious faith given by Roman Catholics to England since the Reformation, Westminster Cathedral, London, stands preeminent.
Westphalia
A province of Prussia situated between the Rhine and the Weser
White Fathers
Founded in 1868 by the first Archbishop of Algiers, later Cardinal Lavigerie
White Stephen Mallory
American statesman; b. at San Francisco, California, January 19, 1853; d. at Los Angeles, California, February 21, 1901
Whithorn Priory
In Wigtownshire, Scotland, founded about the middle of the twelfth century, in the reign of David I, by Fergus, Lord of Galloway, for Premonstratensian, or White, Canons
Whitsunday
A feast of the universal Church which commemorates the Descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles, fifty days after the Resurrection of Christ, on the ancient Jewish festival called the 'feast of weeks' or Pentecost (Ex., xxxiv, 22; Deut., xvi, 10)
Wibald
Abbot of Stavelot, Malmedy, and Corvey, b. near Stavelot in Belgium in 1098; d. at Bitolia in Paphlagonia, July 19, 1158, while returning from an imperial embassy to Constantinople
Wichita Indians
A confederacy of Caddoan stock
Widow
In Old Testament and Christian times
Widukind
Saxon leader, one of the heads of the Westphalian nobility, was the moving spirit in the struggles of the Saxons for their independence and heathen faith
Widukind of Corvey
Historian, lived in the tenth century in the Benedictine Abbey of Corvey, Germany
Wigand Wirt
Theologian, b. at Frankfort about 1460; d. at Steyer, June 30, 1519
Wigand, Saints
Three saints of this name are mentioned in the Roman Martyrology
Wigbert, Saint
Companion of St. Boniface, b. in England about 675; d. at Hersfeld about 746
Wigbod
Theological writer of the eighth century
Wilfrid, Saint
Son of a Northumbrian thegn, b. in 634; d. at Oundle in Northamptonshire, 709
Wilgefortis
A fabulous female saint known also as Uncumber, Kiimmernis, Komina, Comera, Cumerana, Hulfe, Ontcommene, Ontcommer, Dignefortis, Eutropia, Reginfledis, Livrade, Liberata etc.
Wilhelm Bauberger
German physician, novelist (1809-1883)
Wilhelm Diekamp
Historian, b. at Geldern, May 13, 1854; d. at Rome, 25 Dec., 1885
Wilhelm Emmanuel von Ketteler
Bishop of Mainz (1811-1877)
Wilhelm Heinrich Waagen
Geologist and palaeontologist, b. at Munich, June 23, 1841; d. at Vienna, March 24, 1900
Wilhelm Lamormaini
Confessor of Emperor Ferdinand II, b. December 29, 1570, at Dochamps, Luxemburg; d. at Vienna, February 22, 1648
Wilhelm Lindemann
Catholic historian of German literature, b. December 17, 1828; d. December 20, 1879
Wilhelm of Herle
Painter, b. at Herle in Dutch Limburg at an unknown date in the fourteenth century; time and place of death unknown
Wilhelm Tempel
German astronomer, b. December 4, 1821; d. March 16, 1889
Wilhelm Volk
B. at Halberstadt Jan. 25, 1804; d. at Erfurt March 17, 1869. He came from a Lutheran family; his father was a lawyer
Wilhelm Wilmers
Professor of philosophy and theology, b. at Boke in Westphalia, January 30, 1817;d. at Roermond, Holland, May 9, 1899
Wilhelmus Nuyens
Historian, b. August 18, 1823, at Avenhorn in Holland; d. December 10, 1894, at Westwoud near Horn
Will
Its psychological aspect
Will and Testament of Clerics
Roman law allowed clerics to dispose of their property by will or otherwise.
Willehad, Saint
Bishop at Bremen, b. in Northumberland before 745; d. at Blecazze (Blexen) on the Weser, Nov. 8, 789
Willem Hessels Van Est
Famous commentator on the Pauline Epistles, b. at Gorcum, Holland, in 1542; d. at Douai, Sept. 20, 1613
William Allen
Cardinal; b. England, 1532; d. Rome, 16 Oct., 1594
William Allison
English priests who was a victim of the plots of 1679- 80
William Allot
Student of the University of Cambridge, retired to Louvain on the accession of Elizabeth (1558), was ordained priest
William Andleby, Venerable
Martyr (d. 1597)
William Barclay
Scottish Jurist (1546-1608)
William Barrow, Venerable
English Jesuit martyr (1609-1679)
William Bathe
Writer on music and education (1564-1614)
William Bawden
English Jesuit (1563-1632)
William Bede Dalley
Lawyer and statesman, b. in Sydney, New South Wales, 1831; d. there October 28, 1888
William Benedict Fytch
An English Franciscan friar of the Capuchin Reform, whose family name was Filch; b. at Canfield, Essex, in 1563; d. 1610
William Bentney (aka Bennet)
English Jesuit (1609-1692)
William Bernard Ullathorne
English Benedictine monk and bishop, b. at Pocklington, Yorkshire, May 7, 1806; d. at Oscott, Warwickshire, March 21, 1889
William Bishop
English religious superior (1553-1624)
William Brown
Naval officer of the Republic of Argentina, b. 1777, in the County Mayo, Ireland; d. May 3, 1857, in Buenos Aires
William Byrd
English composer, b. in London in 1542 or 1543; d. July 4, 1623
William Byrne
Missionary and educator, b. in County Wicklow, Ireland, in 1780; d. at Bardstown, Kentucky, June 5, 1833
William Callyhan Robinson
Jurist and educator, b. July 26, 1834, at Norwich, Conn.; d. Nov. 6, 1911
William Carter, Venerable
English martyr, b. in London, 1548; suffered for treason at Tyburn, January 11, 1584
William Cassidy
Journalist, essayist, critic, b. at Albany, New York, 12 Aug., 1815; d. there 23 Jan., 1873
William Caxton
B. in the Weald of Kent c. 1422; d. at Westminster, 1491
William Clark
English priest (d. 1603)
William Clarkson Stanfield
English painter, b. at Sunderland, 1793; d. at Hampstead, near London, 1867
William Clifford
English divine (d. 1670)
William Courtenay
Archbishop of Canterbury, b. in the parish of St. Martin's, Exeter, England, c. 1342; d. at Maidstone, July 31, 1396
William Crolly
Archbishop of Armagh, b. at Ballykilbeg, near Downpatrick, June 8, 1780; d. April 6, 1849
William Damasus Lindanus
Bishop of Ruremonde and of Ghent, b. at Dordrecht, in 1525; d. at Ghent, November 2, 1588
William Darrell
Theologian, b. 1651, in Buckinghamshire, England; d. Feb. 28, 1721
William Davies, Venerable
Martyr under Queen Elizabeth, b. in North Wales, probably at Crois in Yris, Denbighshire, date uncertain; d. at Beaumaris, July 27, 1593
William Dean, Venerable
Priest; b. in Yorkshire, England, date uncertain, martyred August 28, 1588
William Denman
Publisher, b. in Edinburgh, Scotland, March 17, 1784; d. in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A., September 12, 1870
William Detre
Missionary, b. in France in 1668, d. in South America, at an advanced age, date uncertain
William Dunbar
Scottish poet, born c. 1460; died c. 1520(?)
William Durandus
Canonist, important medieval liturgical writer; b. about 1237, d. at Rome, Nov. 1, 1296
William Durandus the Younger
Canonist, first archdeacon of Mende, Languedoc
William Errington
Priest, founder of Sedgley Park School, b. July 17, 1716; d. September 28, 1768
William Eusebius Andrews
Editor, author (1773-1837)
William Exmew, Blessed
Carthusian monk and martyr; suffered at Tyburn, June 19, 1535
William Filby, Blessed
B. in Oxfordshire between 1557 and 1560; suffered at Tyburn, May 30, 1582
William Flete
An Augustinian hermit friar, a contemporary and great friend of St. Catherine of Siena; the exact place and date of his birth are unknown and those of his death are disputed
William Forrest
Priest and poet; dates of birth and death uncertain
William Freeman, Venerable
Priest and martyr, b. at Manthorp near York, c. 1558; d. at Warwick, August 13, 1595
William Gahan
Priest and author; b. June 5, 1732, in the parish of St. Nicholas, Dublin; d. there, December 6, 1804
William Gaston
Jurist; b. at Newbern, North Carolina, U.S.A., Sept. 19, 1778: d. at Raleigh, North Carolina, January 23, 1844
William George McCloskey
Bishop of Louisville, Kentucky, b. at Brooklyn, N. Y., Nov. 10, 1823; d. September 17, 1909
William George Ward
An English writer and convert, eldest son of William Ward, Esq., b. in London, March 21, 1812; d. July 6, 1882
William Giffard
Second Norman Bishop of Winchester from 1100 to 1129
William Gifford
Archbishop of Reims, b. 1554; d. 1629
William Habington
Poet and historian; b. at Hindlip, Worcestershire, 1605; d. 1654; son of Thomas Habington the antiquarian. He was educated at Saint-Omer and Paris
William Hales Hingston
Canadian physician and surgeon, b. at Hinchinbrook near Huntingdon, Quebec, June 29, 1829; d. at Montreal, February 19, 1907
William Harrington, Venerable
English martyr; b. 1566; d. February 18, 1594
William Harrison
Third and last archpriest of England; b. in Derbyshire in 1553; d. May 11, 1621
William Hart, Blessed
B. at Wells, 1558; suffered at York, March 15, 1583
William Hartley, Venerable
Martyr; b. at Wyn, in Derbyshire, England, of a yeoman family about 1557; d. October 5, 1588
William Henry Coombes
Priest, eminent scholar and theologian (1767-1850)
William Henry Elder
Third Bishop of Natchez, Mississippi, U.S.A., and second Archbishop of Cincinnati, b. March 22, 1819; d. Oct. 31, 1904
William Herincx
Theologian, b. at Helmond, North Brabant, 1621; d. Aug. 17, 1678
William Home Van Buren
Distinguished American surgeon, b. at Philadelphia, April 5, 1819; d. at New York, March 25, 1883
William Houghton
Archbishop of Dublin, date and place of birth unknown; d. at Dijon, 1298
William Howard
Viscount Stafford, martyr; b. November 30, 1614; beheaded Tower-Hill, 29 Dec 1680
William Ireland, Venerable
Jesuit martyr (1636-1679)
William J. Hardee
Soldier, convert; b. at Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A., 1817; d. at Wytheville, Virginia, Nov. 6, 1873
William James MacNeven
Distinguished Irish-American physician and medical educator, b. March 21, 1763; d. July 12, 1841
William Jewett Tenney
Author, editor, b. 1814; d. Sept. 20, 1883
William John Fitzpatrick
Historian, b. in Dublin, Ireland, Aug. 31, 1830; d. there Dec. 24, 1895
William Knight, Venerable
English martyr (d. 1596)
William Kreiten
Literary critic and poet (1847-1902)
William Lacy, Blessed
B. at 'Hauton', Yorkshire (probably Houghton or Tosside, West Riding); suffered at York, Aug. 22, 1582
William Lockhart
Convert, also known as the foremost English disciple of Rosmini, founder of the Institute of Charity, b. Aug. 22, 1820; d. May 15, 1892
William Lyndwood
Bishop of St. David's and the greatest of English canonists, b. about 1375; d. in 1446
William Malone
Jesuit missioner and writer; b., about 1585; d. at Seville, 1655
William Maurits Scot, Venerable
English Benedictine martyr, hanged at Tyburn, May 30, 1612
William Maxwell
Fifth Earl of Nithsdale, b. in 1676; d. at Rome, March 2, 1744
William Maziere Brady
Ecclesiastical writer (1825-1894)
William of Auvergne
Bishop of Paris, medieval philosopher and theologian, b. at Aurillac in Auvergne towards the end of the twelfth century; d. in Paris, 1249
William of Auxerre
A thirteenth-century theologian and professor at the University of Paris
William of Champeaux
A twelfth-century Scholastic, philosopher, and theologian, b. at Champeaux, near Melun, in the neighborhood of Paris, about the year 1070; d. at Chalons-sur-Marne, 1121
William of Conches
A twelfth-century Scholastic philosopher and theologian, b. about the year 1100
William of Digullevile
A French poet of the fourteenth century
William of Ebelholt, Saint
D. on Easter Sunday, 1203, and was buried at Ebeiholt
William of Gellone, Saint
B. 755; d. May 28, c. 812; was the second Count of Toulouse, having attained that dignity in 790
William of Jumieges
Benedictine historian of the eleventh century
William of Maleval, Saint
D. Feb. 10, 1157; beatified in 1202
William of Malmesbury
B. Nov. 30, about 1090; d. about 1143
William of Moerbeke
Scholar, Orientalist, philosopher, and one of the most distinguished men of letters of the thirteenth century, b. about 1215; d. in 1286
William of Nangis
A medieval chronicler, who takes his name from the City of Nancy, France
William of Newburgh
Historian, b. at Bridlington, Yorkshire, 1136; d. at Newburgh, Yorkshire, 1198, where he went as a boy to the small and recently-founded Augustinian priory
William of Norwich, Saint
B. 1132; d. March 22, 1144
William of Ockham
Fourteenth-century Scholastic philosopher and controversial writer, b. at or near the village of Ockham in Surrey, England, about 1280; d. probably at Munich, about 1349
William of Paris, Saint
Abbot of Eskill in Denmark, b. 1105; d. 1202
William of Perth, Saint
Martyr, b. at Perth; d. about 1201
William of Poitiers
Norman historian, b. of a noted family, at Preaux near Pont Audemer, Normandy, about 1020
William of Ramsey
Flourished about 1219
William of Sens
A twelfth-century French architect, supposed to have been born at Sens
William of Shoreham
An English religious writer of the Anglo-Norman period, b. at Shoreham, near Sevenoaks, in Kent, in the latter half of the twelfth century; d. at an unknown date
William of St-Amour
A thirteenth-century theologian and controversialist, b. in Burgundy in the first decades of the thirteenth century; d. in Paris about 1273
William of St-Thierry
Theologian and mystic, and so called from the monastery of which he was abbot, b. at Liege about 1085; d. at Signy about 1148
William of Turbeville
Bishop of Norwich (1146-74), b. about 1095; d. at Norwich in January, 1174
William of Tyre
Archbishop of Tyre and historian, b. probably in Palestine, of a European family which had emigrated thither, about 1127-30; d. in 1190, the exact date being unknown
William of Vercelli
The founder of the Hermits of Monte Vergine, or Williamites, b. 1085; d. June 25, 1142
William of Ware
B. at Ware in Herts; the date of his birth and of his death are unknown. He flourished 1270-1300
William of Wayneflete
Of England, b. towards the end of the fourteenth century; d. at South Waltham, Hampshire, August 11, 1486
William of Wykeham
Bishop of Winchester, Chancellor of England and founder of Winchester College; b. between July and Sept., 1324; d. Sept. 27, 1404
William Palmer
B. at Mixbury, Oxfordshire, July 12, 1811; d. at Rome, April 4, 1879
William Patenson, Venerable
English martyr, b. in Yorkshire or Durham; d. at Tyburn, January 22, 1591-2
William Perault
Writer and preacher, b. at Perault, France; d. at Lyons; the date of his death is disputed, some placing it before 1260, others extending it to about 1270 or 1275
William Peyto
Cardinal; d. 1558 or 1559
William Pike, Venerable
Martyr, born in Dorsetshire; died at Dorchester, Dec., 1591
William Poynter
Priest; b. May 20, 1762, at Peters-field, Hants; d. Nov. 26, 1827, in London
William Reynolds
Convert, priest, helped in translating the Reims Testament. b. at Pinhorn near Exeter, about 1544; d. at Antwerp, August 24, 1594
William Richardson, Venerable
Last martyr under Queen Elizabeth; b. according to Challoner, at Vales in Yorkshire, probably executed around 1603
William Rishanger
Chronicler, b. at Rishangles, Suffolk, about 1250; d. after 1312
William Roper
Biographer of the Blessed Thomas More, b. 1496; d. Jan. 4, 1578
William Rubruck
Franciscan missionary and writer of travels; b. at Rubrouc in northern France probably about 1200; d. after 1256
William Rudesind Barlow
Benedictine priest and scholar (d. 1656)
William Russell Grace
Irish philanthropist and merchant, b. 1832; d. 1904
William Seth Agar
English Canon, b. at York, 25 December, 1815; d. 23 August, 1872
William Seton
Author, b. in New York, Jan. 28, 1835; d. there, Mar. 15, 1905
William Sherwood
Thirteenth-century school-man
William Sherwood (Bishop)
Bishop of Meath, d. at Dublin, Dec. 2, 1482
William Smits
Orientalist and exegete (1704-1770)
William Southerne, Venerable
English martyr, suffered at Newcastle-under-Lyme, April 30, 1618
William Spenser, Venerable
English martyr, b. at Ghisburn, Yorkshire; executed at York, September 24, 1589
William Starke Rosecrans
Titular Bishop of Pompeiopolis and Auxiliary of Cincinnati, b. at Kingston, Ohio, Sept. 6, 1819; d. near Redondo, California, March 11, 1898
William the Clerk
French poet of the thirteenth century
William the Conqueror
King of England and Duke of Normandy, was the natural son of Robert, Duke of Normandy, his mother, Herleva, being the daughter of a tanner of Falaise
William the Walloon
Date of birth unknown; d. (probably) Dec. 22, 1089. He became Abbot of St-Arnoul at Metz in 1050.
William Walsh
Bishop of Meath, Ireland (1554-77); b. at Dunboyne, Co. Meath, about 1512; d. at Alcala de Henares, Jan. 4, 1577
William Ward, Venerable
B. at Thornby in Westmoreland, about 1560; martyred at Tyburn, July 26, 1641
William Warham
Archbishop of Canterbury, b. at Church Oakley, Hampshire, about 1450; died at Hackington, near Canterbury, Aug. 22, 1532
William Way, Venerable
English priest and martyr, born in Exeter Diocese (Challoner says in Cornwall, but earlier authorities say in Devonshire); hanged, bowelled, and quartered at Kingston-on-Thames, September 23, 1588
William Weathers
Titular Bishop of Amycla, b. Nov. 12, 1814; d. at Isleworth, Middlesex, Mar. 4, 1895
William Weston
Jesuit missionary priest, b. at Maidstone, 1550 (?); d. at Valladolid, Spain, June 9, 1615. Educated at Oxford, 1564-1569 (?)
William Wright
B. at York, 1562; d. Jan. 18, 1639
William, Abbot of Marmoutiers
B. in Brittany;d. at Marmoutiers, May 23, 1124
William, Abbot of Saint-Benigne
At Dijon, celebrated Cluniac reformer, b. on the Island of Giuglio on Lake Orta near Novara in Piedmont in 962; d. at Fecamp, one of his reformed monasteries in Normandy, January 1, 1031
William, Blessed
Abbot of Hirschau, monastic reformer, b. in Bavaria; d. at Hirschau, July 5, 1091
William, Saint (Archbishop of York)
Tradition represents him as nephew of King Stephen, whose sister Emma was believed to have married Herbert of Winchester, treasurer to Henry I
William, Saint (Bishop of St-Brieuc)
B. in the parish of St. Alban, Brittany, between 1178 and 1184; d. 1234
Williamites
There were two minor religious orders or congregations of this name: (1) a Benedictine congregation, more often known by the name of its chief house, Monte Vergine (2) the foundations named after St. William of Maleval
Willibald and Winnebald, Saints
Of the Order of St. Benedict, brothers, natives probably of Wessex in England, the former, first Bishop of Eichstatt, b. on Oct. 21, 700 (701); d. on July 7, 781 (787)
Willibrord, Saint
Bishop of Utrecht, Apostle of the Frisians, and son of St. Hilgis, b. in North-umbria, 658; d. at Echternach, Luxemburg, Nov. 7, 739
Willigis, Saint
Archbishop of Mainz, d. Feb. 23, 1011
Williram
Scriptural scholar, b. in Franconia (near Worms), Germany; d. in 1085 at Ebersberg, Bavaria
Wilton Abbey
A Benedictine convent in Wiltshire, England
Wimborne
Minster, in Dorsetshire, England
Windesheim
An Augustinian monastery situated about four miles south of Zwolle on the Issel, in the Kingdom of Holland
Windows in Church Architecture
The temperament of the people of the East and of the South where Christian houses of worship first appeared, required the admission of much light by large openings in the walls, that is, by windows.
Windsor
A town of great antiquity, on the Thames, in Berkshire, England
Winefride, Saint
B. at Holywell, Wales, about 600; d. at Gwytherin, Wales, Nov. 3, 660
Winifred Maxwell
Countess of Nithsdale, d. at Rome, May, 1749
Winnebago Indians
A tribe of Siouan stock closely related in speech to the Iowa, Missouri, and Oto, and more remotely to the Dakota and Ponca
Winnoc, Saint
Abbot or Prior of Wormhoult, d. 716 or 717
Winwallus, Saint
Abbot of Landevennec; d. March 3, probably at the beginning of the sixth century, though the exact year is not known
Wipo
Apparently a native of Burgundy, lived in the first half of the eleventh century
Wisconsin
The state
Witchcraft
It is not easy to draw a clear distinction between magic and witchcraft. Both are concerned with the producing of effects beyond the natural powers of man by agencies other than the Divine (cf. [[Occult Art, Occultism]]).
Witness
One who is present, bears testimony, furnishes evidence or proof. Witnesses are employed in various ecclesiastical matters, as in civil, in proof of a statement, fact, or contract
Wittenburg
The city is in Prussian Saxony and was founded by Albert the Bear (d. 1170).
Wolfgang, Saint
Bishop of Ratisbon (972-994), b. about 834; d. at the village of Pupping in Upper Austria, October 31, 994
Wolfram von Eschenbach
Generally regarded as the greatest of Middle-High-German epic poets, date of birth unknown; d. soon after 1216
Wolstan, Saint
Benedictine, and Bishop of Worcester, b. at Long Itchington, Warwickshire, England, about 1008; d. at Worcester, Jan. 19, 1095
Woman
The position of woman in human society has given rise to a discussion which, as part of social unrest, is known under the name of the 'woman question', and for which a solution is sought in the movement for the emancipation of women
Wood-Carving
In general, the production from wood of objects of trade or art by means of sharp instruments, as a knife, chisel, file, or drill
Words (in Canon Law)
To give the right value to words is a very important factor in the proper interpretation of law, and hence canonists give many rules for the exact acceptation of words, in order that decrees may be correctly understood and the extent of their obligation d
Worms
A city and former diocese on the Rhine in the present Grand Duchy of Hesse; the origin of the city is obscure
Wulfram, Saint
Bishop of Sens, missionary in Frisia, b. at Milly near Fontainebleau, probably during the reign of Clovis II
Wurzburg
Discusses Diocese and University of same name
Wurzburg Abbeys
Four Benedictine abbeys located in the city of Wurzburg
Wyoming
The state
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