Saint Brithwald, or Berctuald, was Abbot of Reculver, in Kent, when, on the death of Saint Theodore, he was chosen to succeed him in the primacy of the English Church. Though less learned than his great predecessor, he was nevertheless well versed in the Holy Scriptures, and all other matters belonging to ecclesiastical and monastic discipline. On his appointment he went over to France and received episcopal consecration from Godwin, Archbishop of Lyons, and was not installed till the following year. During his long episcopate of thirty-seven years, Saint Brithwald did much in the cause of religion, and many Bishops received consecration at his hands. Though at first opposed to him, he became a friend of Saint Wilfrid’s, and gladly promulgated the apostolic letters restoring him to his See, using his utmost endeavours to reconcile him with the princes and others, who were hostile to him. At length, worn out with years and labours, Saint Brithwald was called to his everlasting rest, and buried near Saint Theodore, within the church of the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
- Father Richard Stanton. “Saint Brithwald, Archbishop, Confessor, 731”. , 1887. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 April 2015. Web. 17 January 2017. <>