Sigfrid of Sweden

Saint Sigfrid of Sweden was born around 950 in England.  He arrived in Sweden around the year 995 with two bishops and his three nephews.  He became the court bishop for the Norwegian King.  Sigfrid and his nephews went on missionary visits and built a church near Vaxjo Lake.  There were eleven important men in the area who became Christian and were baptized.  This began a steady stream of people who were interested in what Sigfrid had to say.  The King became curious and sent a trusted advisor to investigate.  When the advisor saw Sigfrid lift the host during the consecration, the advisor saw the host become a young boy, The advisor was astonished. This caused the king to send for Bishop Sigfrid.  Siegfrid traveled toward the King stopping in another town to teach and baptize the people there.  

In 1008, Siegfrid bapzied the royal family.  This made the King the first Christian King of Sweden.  This was also the beginning of Christianity in Sweden.  Sigfrid traveled to the See of Uppsala that had been founded by Saint Ansgar.  He found paganism had returned too strong for him to succeed and he left. In 1014, the King helped Sigfrid establish the Diocese of Husaby. The first Bishop there was consecrated by Sigfrid.  By 1028, a third attempt was made to re-establish Christianity in Uppsala.  Sigfrid left the administration of the dioceses to his nephews, while he went to Denmark, to spread Christianity.  While he was gone a local greedy nobleman Gunnar Gröpe gathered a group of pagans together to kill Sigfrid’s brothers.  They also ransack the church in Växjö. When Sigfrid returned from his mission, he found his nephews’ heads in a weighed tub that was at the bottom of Lake Helgasjön near the church. The bodies were buried deep inside a forest. According to Sigfrid, the heads still possessed the ability to speak and told him the names of their murderers. When the king heard, he offered to execute the murderers, but Sigfrid refused.  He asked for land to rebuild the church, and he place the relics of his nephews. 

He died in his old age in 1045 in Sweden.