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  1. St. James! I love name that Saint. It brings out the nerd in me.

  2. youngcatholicgirl says:

    St. Patrick?

  3. ExCorde says:

    I’m going with St. Wendelin…a Scotsman (hooray!)…who wound up in Trier. [Interesting.]

  4. Just accounting for the staff and the sheep, two possibilities come to mind. First, David as a youth. Second, John the Baptist. (See Caravaggio’s John the Baptist (John in the Wilderness)). The clothes though would tend to favor David, I think.

  5. YellowRoses says:

    St. Germaine Cousin?
    Or St. Joan of Arc?

  6. DanW says:

    St. Isodore the Farmer?

  7. James says:

    St. Wendelin? Is this a Scottish church?

  8. Grumpy Beggar says:

    ArsAstronautica says:

    Just accounting for the staff and the sheep, two possibilities come to mind. First, David as a youth. Second, John the Baptist. (See Caravaggio’s John the Baptist (John in the Wilderness)). The clothes though would tend to favor David, I think.

    I think you nailed it ArsAstronautica, or if you didn’t it sure was an excellent guess:

    1 Samuel 17:40 [NAB]

    Then, staff in hand, David selected five smooth stones from the wadi and put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s bag. With his sling also ready to hand, he approached the Philistine.

  9. jschicago says:

    St. John the Baptist

  10. Boniface says:

    I’m with Ex Cords in saying it’s St. Wendelin. In fact, I don’t think there’s really much doubt about it.

  11. Poor Yorek says:

    16th level bard with Cloak & Boots of Elvenkind; Celestial Armour; a Staff of the Woodlands; and a Handy Haversack?

  12. Grumpy Beggar says:

    Did a little digging after Boniface’s post . . .not really much doubt at all. Check this link guys (still think it was an excellent guess ArsAstronautica – because I didn’t know St Wendelin):

  13. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Image search shows Shutterstock having a holy card of St. Wendelin, where he has the exact same attributes and pose. Plus cattle.

  14. Polycarpio says:

    St. Roche.

  15. Grumpy Beggar says:

    Footwear is identical in this one:

    Catholic Encyclopedia ; St Wendelin of Trier

  16. Eleanor says:

    St. Wendelin, sometimes shown with a bull, and always with a spade or some kind of farm tool.

  17. James in Perth says:

    No idea but I enjoy playing this game every time I visit a new church!

  18. JustaSinner says:

    St. Agnes…have to go with the NY Crimes Crosswords Puzzles.

  19. iamlucky13 says:

    Based on the clothes, lamb, and punch, my thought was also David, but doing some image searches, St. Wendalin definitely seems to have been frequently portrayed in a very similar manner. I’d never heard of him, but looking him up, he was reputed to be the son of a king, which would explain the fine clothes.

  20. iamlucky13 says:

    That should have been clothes, lamb, and *pouch*. Sorry about that.

  21. MrsAnchor says:

    @PoorYorek…..LOL. Good old days…

    At first St Rocco, but he has shiny tights! So it’s not him… he has a shovel to boot.

    Great game Father, has us expanding our encyclopedia brains once again!

  22. The Egyptian says:

    Definitely St Wendelin, been to the parish by that name several time, statue looks exactly the same, about 15 miles from me, part of the “Land of the Cross Tipped Churches” tour
    Ohio Byways
    If you go to the last site listed look for st Joseph #9 on the list, explains my handle. Yeah I’m proud of my area, shoot me

  23. Titus says:

    This is why everyone should have a copy of Saints: A Visual Guide. It’s essentially a bird book for iconography.

  24. liebemama says:

    My great-great grandfather was named Wendelin. He was from the Alsace or nearer to the Black Forest in Germany. We don’t know exactly. Anyway, there are several churches dedicated to St. Wendelin in the area and so I assume that immigrants from the area landed in Ohio….. My great great grandfather finally made his way to Washington, IN. But maybe he first landed in Ohio????

  25. LarryW2LJ says:

    Certain that I am wrong as some of you are mentioning Saints that I am not familiar with. My guess was David.

  26. Fr. Kelly says:

    Another famous Wendelin is our own Bishop Emeritus of Lincoln. the Great Fabian Wendelin Bruskewitz. ad multos annos!

  27. Absit invidia says:

    This is St Tarsisius. Yes the clothing is not of the era, but I stand by it. [Hmmmmm]

  28. introibo says:

    Hyacinth of Lithuania/Poland?

  29. jennieprater says:

    I think it’s St. Genevieve.

  30. Boniface says:

    Jennieprater, you have a good eye for some of the details – before I realized it is actually St. Wendelin, I was about to say St. Genevieve. One of the tell-tales is the statue has a (mid 19th-century version of a) male face. Good, thinking, though. St. Genevieve is a great saint! Perhaps especially so for our times.

  31. ALL: I think we have here

    St. Wendelin of Trier.

  32. NoraLee9 says:

    Perfect. Thank you.

  33. tradition4all says:

    There’s a St. Wendelin’s parish in Shannon, IL, which is also in a very rural area like the parish where the photo was taken.

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