Book of Saints – Cuthbert


CUTHBERT (Saint) Bishop (March 20) (7th century) Born at Melrose on the river Tweed, Saint Cuthbert in his youth tended his father’s sheep until, having in a vision at the moment of the death of Saint Aidan seen that Saint mounting in glory to Heaven, he embraced the monastic life. As guestmaster of Melrose Abbey, while courteous and affable to all, he was specially solicitous for poor wayfarers, and on one occasion entertained an Angel in the guise of a beggar. He governed for some time the Monastery of Lindisfarne or Holy Island, off the coast of Northumberland, which he reluctantly quitted to become Bishop of that See, later transferred to Durham. Though always a lover of prayer and solitude, he distinguished himself by his beneficent influence on public affairs, and enjoyed the confidence of the princes of his time. The miracles he wrought earned him the title of the Thaumaturgus (Wonder-worker) of Britain. Towards the close of the second year of his Episcopate he retired to the little Isle of Fame (nine miles from Lindisfarne), and there passed away March 20, A.D. 687. His shrine at Durham was one of the most frequented in Catholic England, and more than four centuries after his death his body was found to be still incorrupt. It was hidden at the time of the so-called Reformation, and is believed to be yet resting in some obscure recess of Durham Cathedral.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Cuthbert”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 October 2012. Web. 27 January 2022. <>