BONIFACE (Saint) Bishop (June 19) (11th century) The Apostle of Livonia and of the West of Russia, better known as Saint Bruno. He succeeded Saint Adalbert of Prague in the headship of the School of Magdeburg, and was for some time chaplain to his relative, the Emperor Otho III. Leaving the Imperial Court, he entered the Camaldolese Order of monks, and retired to Italy. Thenceforward he lived in solitude till, by order of Pope John XVIII, he took up the work of evangelising the Northern countries. With great gain of souls he preached in Poland and succeeded in penetrating into Russia proper, where however, he fell a victim to the fury of the heathen. He was seized, and with eighteen Christians, his fellow-workers, beheaded A.D. 1009.