David of Munktorp

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Saint David of Munktorp, OSB
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Saint David in Överselö church
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
FeastJune 25
AttributesAbbot's staff, book, biretta
David of Munktorp
statue on the baptismal font in Munktorp Church

Saint David of Munktorp (David av Munktorp) was an Anglo-Saxon Cluniac monk of the 11th century.[1]

David was sent as a missionary to Sweden by Saint Sigfrid of Växjö along with Saint Botvid and Saint Eskil. The missionaries David, Eskil, and Botvid preached chiefly in Södermanland and Västmanland, in the area of Lake Mälaren.[2][3]

Munktorp Church
Västmanland County

David is associated with Munktorp, a village situated in Köping Municipality, in Västmanland County. He reportedly originated Munktorp Church (Munktorps kyrka). The original church structures are known as David's Church (Davidskyrkan). Munktorp Church is in Västerås diocese, northeast of Köping, Sweden.[4]

David became known as the Västmanland apostle (Västmanlands apostel). David sought to become a martyr but died peacefully in 1082 of old age. After his death, his remains were buried in Munktorps kyrka.

According to the Västerås breviary, David came to evangelize in Sweden in order to become a martyr. It further says that David "wandered among villages and towns, preaching the word of God and baptizing the converted, kept nightly prayer vigils, committing to God with tears and sighs his plentiful offspring, which he had thus born in the Lord".[5]


  1. ^ Sweden (The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 14. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912)
  2. ^ Eskil (The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company), retrieved 2008-05-15
  3. ^ "Munktorp (Köpings kommun)". Archived from the original on 2010-08-18. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  4. ^ "Munktorps kyrka (Köpings kommun)". Archived from the original on 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  5. ^ David (Riksarkivet)

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