"You seem to glow with the salvation-bringing fire which our Lord came to send upon the earth."—Gregory II to Boniface
His first job as a missionary was a failure. Wynfrith (or Winfrid) had wanted to be a traveling evangelist ever since missionary monks had visited his family's home when he was five years old. He'd given up his noble parents' secular dreams for him back in Wessex, England.
And he'd given up a successful life as a Benedictine monk—having written the first Latin grammar produced in England, several poems, and a treatise on metrics.
Now in his early forties, Wynfrith wanted to be a missionary, particularly one to Friesland (in the northern Netherlands).
Read this article from the Christian History & Biography website.