Artwork by the Benedictine Sisters of Turvey Abbey
Chad. Monk. Bishop
Memorial in England, according to the
RC Calendar, Saints Chad and Cedd: 26th October.
The day of his death: 2nd March.
Translation of his relics to Birmingham
Cathedral: 4th May.
634 - 672. Born in
Northumbria he trained under St Aidan at Lindisfarne. He also spent several
years in Ireland working with St Egbert until he was called back to replace his
brother Cedd as Abbot of Lastingham, near Whitby, Yorkshire.
He was made Bishop of
York a role which was later taken from him by Theodore, the newly arrived
Archbishop of Canterbury. St Chad accepted this with humility which, together
with his simplicity of life, so impressed Theodore that he later later
appointed him as Bishop of Mercia.
Chad moved the seat of
Mercia to Lichfield where he founded a monastery and retreat house. His
dwelling was near a well where he baptised converts to Christianity. St Chad's
Well, pictured in the artwork, is still a place of pilgrimage. St Chad is
called 'the Apostle of the Midlands' for his work and evangelisation in this
The influence of the St
Chad, who was revered as a saint in his own lifetime, is still evident in the
many churches and schools named after him, particularly in the Diocese of
Shrewsbury (which includes the old Diocese of Lichfield), and Archdiocese of
Birmingham, which houses his remains in St. Chad's Catherdral.
St Chad's Gospel, a 7th
Century manuscript, is preserved in Lichfield Cathedral library.
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