St Benedict Biscop, Ab.


Benet Biscop, also known as Biscop Baducing was an Anglo-Saxon nobility and grew up around the court of King Oswy of Northumbria. He was born c.628 in Northumbria, England.

Following a pilgrimage to Rome, he renounced his wealth and position and dedicated himself to prayer and scripture study. Biscop entered the Saint-Honorat Monastery near Cannes, France in 666, taking the name Benedict.
In 668 Pope Saint Vitalian sent him and the Adrian, a fellow monk, to advise Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury. Traditionally, St Benedict Biscop introduced the construction of stone churches and glass windows to England and brought in many foreign craftsmen to do the work and teach the English. He is also known for the introduction of the Roman Rite to English worship. St Biscop is also accredited with the founding of the monasteries of Wearmouth and Jarrow and the building of a library and scriptorium at Wearmouth.

In late life, St Benedict Biscop suffered a painful paralysis and was confined to his bed for his last three years. He continued to work from his bed, buying books, and establishing the Benedictine Rule in the monasteries.

Died: 12 January 690 of natural causes at Wearmouth, England; relics at Thorney Abbey and Glastonbury, EnglandName Meaningless (= Benedict)

Patronage:   English Benedictines; musicians; painters; Sunderland, England

Representation:  Benedictine abbot dressed as a bishop standing by the Tyne with two monasteries nearby; with the Venerable Bede

Additional Information

Britannia Biographies
Catholic Encyclopedia
New Catholic Dictionary


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