St. Acca, Bishop of Hexham, Friend of St. Bede

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. From Celtic Saints: Born in Northumbria, England, c. 660; died 742; feast day can be October 19; feast of translation is February 19. From his youth Acca had been close to other saints of the time. He was raised in the household of…

St. Frideswide

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. Saint Frideswide, Patron Saint of Oxford From the Catholic Encyclopedia Online. Frideswide “(Frideswida, Fredeswida, French: Frévisse, Old English: Fris), virgin, patroness of Oxford, lived from about 650 to 735. According to her legend, in its latest form, she was the child of King…

St. Wilfrid of York

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. Saint Wilfrid of York, Bishop and Confessor From Celtic & Old English Saints Born in Ripon, Northumbria, 634; died at Oundle, in 709. Son of a thane, Saint Wilfrid joined the court of King Oswy of Northumbria when he was 13, and became…

St. Aethelburga of Barking

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. This Saint Aethelburga is not to be confused with the Saint Aethelburga mentioned yesterday, which is to say the Saxon princess who, when she married King Edwin of Northumbria, took St. Paulinus of York with her to eveangelize the north of England.  Saint…

The Codex Amiatinus and Northumbia

[ Among the many wonders of my years as a scholar at Durham was the opportunity to make several visits up to Jarrow and one trip to Monkwearmouth.  Many towns and villages and even city centers in England have managed to maintain their historic charm.  The same cannot be said for either Jarrow or St….