Saint Birstan

illustration of Saint Birnstan, Bishop, from the book 'Saints of the Order of Saint Benedict', designed by Father Amandus LiebhaberAlso known as

  • Beorstan
  • Birnstan
  • Birrstan
  • Brinstan
  • Brynstan

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Spiritual student of Saint Grimbald. Benedictine monk. Bishop of Winchester, England from 931 to 934. Known for his work with the poor, and his mission of praying for the dead; at one point the dead are reported to have responded “Amen”. Founded the Hospital of Saint John in Winchester, which still exists today. Memory of him was lost for years until he appeared with Saint Birinus and Saint Swithun in a vision to Saint Ethelwold who spread the word that Birstan was in heavenly glory.

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  • “Saint Birstan“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 November 2020. Web. 6 December 2021. <>