New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Cuthbert

stained glass window of Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, Christ Church cathedral, c.1320; artist unknown; depicts the saint in pontificals, holding the head of Saint Oswald; photographed by Brother Lawrence Lew, OP; swiped from his site, and used with permissionArticle

Bishop and confessor (635687), born probably Melrose, Scotland; died at Lindisfarne. In his youth, he tended his father’s sheep, until he entered the monastery at Melrose. He became eminent for holiness, and learning, and was appointed guest-master at Ripon, but upon the adoption of Roman usages he and a band of monks upholding the customs of Celtic Christianity returned to Melrose. In 664 the Synod of Whitby decided in favor of Roman usage, and Cuthbert, accepting their decision, was made prior of Lindisfarne, in order to introduce Roman customs. His patience, tact, and sanctity won over the community which had clung obstinately to ancient customs. In 667, desiring a life of contemplation, he retired to Farne Island, but an episcopal synod elected him Bishop of Lindisfarne, and he was consecrated at York, 685. Resigning his see, he returned to Farne Island, where he died. His shrine at Durham was a center of devotion until the time of the Reformation, when it was placed in a hidden recess of the cathedral of Durham. There is evidence to prove that bones unearthed in the cathedral in 1827 are those of Saint Cuthbert. Patron of sailors. Relics in Saint Cuthbert’s College, Ushaw. Feast, 20 March.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Cuthbert”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 September 2012. Web. 20 November 2018. <>