Book of Saints – Swithun

statue of Saint Swithun in the Stavenger CathedralArticle

(Saint) Bishop (July 2) (9th century) A monk, and afterwards Bishop of Winchester, who educated King Ethelwulph and was afterwards his chief Councillor. Striking virtues of Saint Swithun were his meekness and his love of the poor. He used to make his pastoral visitations barefoot, and he quite spent himself in procuring the conversion of sinners. He died July 2, A.D. 862. When his Relics were translated (July 15, A.D. 964), to be enshrined in his church, torrents of rain are alleged to have hindered or delayed the ceremony. Hence, it is supposed, the popular superstition regarding rain on that day.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Swithun”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 June 2016. Web. 21 February 2019. <>