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St. Hubert is also known as St. Hubertus. A married courtier with a passion for hunting Hubert was not initially passionate about his faith. On the death of his wife he left the royal court and immersed himself in hunting. As legen holds, an encounter with a stag with a crucifix between its antlers turned Hubert’s life toward God.

He is known as the patron saint of hunters, dogs, and archers. Among sport hunters he is credited as the source of ethical hunting behavior. He is recognized as the 1st bishop of Liege, and was a evangelistic bishop reaching out to the pagans along the Ardennes Forest earning him the title the Apostle of the Ardennes.

Until the cure for rabies was introduced in the early 20th century, people called upon the name of St. Hubert to rid loved ones of this heartless and deadly disease. Christians often turned to his name in times of trouble during the middle ages.

St. Hubert died in 727 AD in Belgium. We celebrate his feast day on November 3. Images and medals of St. Hubert frequently show him with wild game, especially a stag with a crucifix, emphasizing his place as the patron saint of hunters.

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