Menology of England and Wales – Saint Wulsin, Bishop, Confessor, 973


Saint Dunstan, when Bishop of London, at the cost of a considerable present, obtained a grant from King Edgar of the ancient Monastery of Westmister, which had long been deserted. After rebuilding the house and endowing it with property sufficient for the maintenance of a community, he placed there twelve monks under the care of Wulsin, retaining, however, for a time at least, some control in his own hands. After a long abbatial rule, Wulsin was in the year 993 raised to the See of Sherborne. Here, urged both by the counsel and example of Saint AElfric, Archbishop of Canterbury, he introduced monks to serve his cathedral in the place of clerics. His design was to obtain for them an independent endowment and place over them an abbot. But they declared again and again that they could not forego his gentle sway; at length he gave up his own plan and yielded to their wishes, though unwillingly, and warning them that such an arrangement would by and by be the cause of grievous trouble to the community. Saint Wulsin’s character was marked by singular modesty and humility; he was averse from all display, as was apparent by his pontificalia, of a very simple, unpretending kind, which were still shown at Sherborne more than a century after his death. In his last moments Saint Wulsin was favoured with a vision of heaven, and in singing the antiphon, “Behold I see the heavens opened and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,” he gave up his spirit.

MLA Citation

  • Father Richard Stanton. “Saint Wulsin, Bishop, Confessor, 973”. Menology of England and Wales, 1887. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 April 2015. Web. 20 February 2019. <>