Cuthbert, Saint

Cuthbert, Saint

(kŭth`bərt), c.A.D. 635–A.D. 687, Celtic monk, bishop at Lindisfarne (685–86). He spent some time in the monastery at Ripon. When St. WilfridWilfrid, Saint,
634–709?, English churchman, b. Northumbria, of noble parentage. He was educated at Lindisfarne and Canterbury. With Benedict Biscop he traveled to Lyons and Rome in 654; Wilfrid remained to study in each city.
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 introduced the Roman computation of Easter there, he left, but later he accepted the change. Cuthbert preached for some years in his native Scotland, especially to the Picts of Galloway. He became prior at Lindisfarne (see Holy IslandHoly Island
or Lindisfarne
, off the coast of Northumberland, NE England. At low tide the island is connected with the mainland by a stretch of sand. It is partly cultivated, and tourism and fishing are important. A church and monastery, built in 635 under St.
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) but after some years resigned (676) to live in solitary retreat on Farne Island. With great reluctance, he accepted (685) the bishopric of Bernicia at Lindisfarne, retiring to Farne for his last weeks. His relics were taken to Durham later. Feast: Mar. 20.

Bibliography

See B. Colgrave, Two Lives of Saint Cuthbert (1940, repr. 1969).

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