- Benedict Biscop
name=Saint Benedict Biscop
Saint Biscop Baducing
feast_day=12 January (C of E calendar)
Roman Catholic Church
Church of England
caption=Saint Benedict Biscop
death_place=St Peter's, Wearmouth
Benedictines[http://www.benedictines.org.uk/ordo/january.htm English Benedictine Congregation - January Ordo ] ] , musicians, painters, and (since 24 March 2004) the City of Sunderland[http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/public/editable/themes/citycouncil/committee-minutes/Council/Archives/04.03.24.pdf Sunderland City Council minutes, 24 March 2004] ]
major_shrine=Wearmouth 690 - c.980;
translated c. 980 from there to
Thorney Abbey( Glastonbury Abbey
also claims his relics)
Benedict Biscop (c. 628 - 690) (also known as Biscop Baducing) was an Anglo-Saxon
abbotand founder of Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Priory.
He was born of a good
Northumbrian family and was for a time a thegnof King Oswiu. ["HAbb", I; Blair, p. 155. "Biscop", while unusual, is not a unique Northumbrian byname. Blair notes that it is possible that, given the proximity of Benedict's birth and King Edwin of Deira's conversion, some unusual circumstances concerning his birth, or perhaps baptism, may account for this byname.]
At the age of 25, Benedict made the first of five trips to
Rome, accompanying his friend Saint Wilfrid the Elder. However, Wilfrid was detained in Lyonen route to Rome. Benedict completed the journey on his own and, when he returned to England, he was "full of fervour and enthusiasm ... for the good of the English Church." [ [http://www.britannia.com/bios/saints/benedictbiscop.html St. Benedict Biscop (AD 628-689)] . An edition of Gibson, E.C.S., "Northumbrian Saints", S.P.C.K., 1884. Britannia.com. Retrieved on 26 May 2008.]
He made a second journey to
Rometwelve years later, this time accompanied by Alchfrith of Deira, a son of King Oswiu. On this trip, he met Acca and Wilfrid. On his return journey to England, Benedict stopped at Lérins, an island off the French coast in the Mediterranean. During his two year stay there, from 665 to 667, he underwent a course of instruction, taking monastic vows and the name of "Benedict".
Following the two years in Lérins, he made his third trip to Rome. At this time, he was commissioned by the pope to accompany Archbishop
Theodore of Tarsusback from Rometo Canterburyin 669. On their return, Benedict was appointed abbot of SS. Peter and Paul's, Canterbury, by Archbishop Theodore, a role he held for two years. ["HAbb", II–III; Blair, pp. 156–159]
King Egfrith granted Benedict land in 674 for the purpose of building a
monastery. He went to the Continent to bring back masons who could build a monastery in the Romanesque style. Benedict made his fifth and final trip to Romein 679 to bring back books for a library, saintly relics, stonemasons, glaziers, and a grant from Pope Agathogranting his monastery certain privileges. Benedict made five overseas voyages in all to stock the library. [ cite book|author=Woods, Tomas E., Jr.|title=How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization|year=2005|publisher=Regnery|ID=ISBN=0895260387 ] Attwater, Donald and Catherine Rachel John. "The Penguin Dictionary of Saints". 3rd edition. New York: Penguin Books, 1993. ISBN 0-140-51312-4.]
In 682, Benedict appointed
Easterwineas his coadjutorand the King was so delighted at the success of St Peter's, he gave him more land in Jarrow and urged him to build a second monastery. Benedict erected a sister foundation (St Paul) at Jarrow. He appointed Ceolfridas the superior, who left Wearmouth with 20 monks (including his protege the young Bede) to start the foundation in Jarrow. Bede, one of Benedict's pupils, tells us that he brought builders and glass-workers from Francia to erect the buildings in stone. ["HAbb", IV–VI; Blair, p. 161.]
His idea was to build a model monastery for England, sharing his knowledge of the experience of the Catholic Church in Europe. It was the first ecclesial building to be built in stone, and the use of glass was a novelty for many in 7th-century England. It eventually possessed what was a large library for the time – several hundred volumes – and it was here that Benedict's student St Bede wrote his famous works. The library became world-famous, and manuscripts that had been copied there became prized possessions throughout Europe. ["HAbb", IV & VI; Blair, pp. 165ff.]
In his life time he had seen the Church change from being divided between the Roman and Celtic Churches and threatened by a resurgent
paganism, to becoming a strong united and growing Roman CatholicChurch, united with the worldwide church. His monastery was the jewel in the crown, under the direct patronage of the Pope and ushered in a Golden Era for Christianityin England. He is recognized as a saintby the Christian Church, which holds his feast dayon 12 January.
St. Benet Biscop Catholic High School
He is the patron saint of
St Benet Biscop Catholic High School, a highly successful Catholic school in the Northumbrian town of Bedlington. In 2006 the school was named one of only a select number of schools to gain Business and Enterprise College status sponsored by the Co-operative group. The school boasts a large stained glass window in its foyer, depicting St. Benedict Biscop, his teachings and different aspects of the school's ethos.
*"HAbb" [http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/bede-jarrow.html Bede, Lives of the Abbots of Wearmouth and Jarrow]
* [http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=929 Catholic Online]
*Attwater, Donald and Catherine Rachel John. "The Penguin Dictionary of Saints". 3rd edition. New York: Penguin Books, 1993. ISBN 0-140-51312-4.
*Bede's World guidebook, 2004
*"AVCeol": Anonymous, "Life of Abbot Ceolfrith" in Webb & Farmer (eds), "The Age of Bede." London: Penguin, 1983. ISBN 0-14-044727-X
*Blair, Peter Hunter, "The World of Bede." Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1970. ISBN 0-521-39138-5.
* [http://www.britannia.com/bios/saints/benedictbiscop.html St. Benedict Biscop (AD 628-689) at Britannia]
* [http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/saintb45.htm Benedict Biscop at Catholic Forum]
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