New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Edmund Rich

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Edmund Rich, date unknown, artist unknown; east wall, east transept, Saint Mary's Church, Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland; photographed on 6 September 2012 by Andreas F. Borchert; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Confessor, Archbishop of Canterbury, born Abingdon, England, 1180; died Soissy, France, 1240. He taught with great success at Oxford and Paris, and in 1227 was commissioned to preach the Sixth Crusade in England. In 1234 he became Archbishop of Canterbury and firmly defended the rights of Church and State against Henry III, but appeals were carried to Rome over his head and Henry adroitly managed by the authority of the legate to nullify Edmund’s power. The archbishop then withdrew to France and died shortly afterwards. He practised severe penance throughout his life, and was remarkable for his gentleness and charity. Represented embracing the Child Jesus, and receiving a lamb from the Virgin Mary. Canonized, 1249. Relics at Pontigny. Feast, 16 November.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Edmund Rich”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 December 2012. Web. 18 January 2019. <>