||Willibrord 1 decided to appoint an assistant and summoned Boniface 5, who refused such an appointment as he felt unworthy for it and had not reached the canonical age of 50
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||as Willibrord 1 was growing old and infirm. Before Boniface 5 had reached the age of 50.
*According to @Wood 2001, The Missionary Life, p. 59, Willibrord 1 tried to appoint Boniface 5 bishop in 721.
Persons associated with this Event:
(Willibrord 1's disciples who suggested he should appoint an assistant) : Willlibrord 1's disciples who suggested he should appoint an assistant to relieve him of the burden of the ministry.
(Missionary; archbishop of the Frisians, 695-739; abbot of Echternach, 697/698-739) : He sternly reproved Boniface 5 and urged him to accept the work adducing as a final argument the extreme need of the people over whom he ruled.
(Archbishop and martyr, d.755) : In the end Boniface 5 said that he could not accept the office without the express command of the Apostolic See. He then asked Willibrord 1 for permission to be sent to those lands to which originally he was despatched by the Holy See.