Wolfgang was a man who rolled-up sleeves. In the beginning he was drawn to the life of a Monk and the desire for a life of solitude. He did leave his diocese to devote himself to prayer, but his responsibilities as bishop called him back. Doing what had to be done was his path to holiness.
Wolfgang was born in Swabia, Germany, and was educated at a school in the abbey of Reichenau. While he lived there, he met a young nobleman Henry, who went on to become Archbishop of Trier. Wolfgang remained close with the archbishop. He taught in Henry’s cathedral school and supported Henry’s reform efforts for the clergy.
When the archbishop passed away, Wolfgang became a Benedictine monk and moved to an abbey in Einsiedeln, which is a part of Switzerland. He became an ordained a priest and was appointed director of their monastery school. He later became a missionary and was sent to Hungary. Wolfgang had a great zeal and good will for this work, but he didn’t have good results.
In (972) Wolfgang was named bishop of Regensburg by Emperor Otto II, who reigned from 973-983. As bishop, Wolfgang made himself known for his reforming efforts and skills as a statesman. He led the clergy of the diocese into his reforms, restored monasteries, promoted education, preached, and was known for his charity and aid to the poor. Throughout his life of service he did what had to be done and did it well. His was a path to holiness.
In 994, Wolfgang became ill while on a journey; he died in Puppingen near Linz, Austria. He was canonized in 1052 and his feast day is celebrated in much of central Europe.