New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Birinus

stained glass window fof Saint Birinus, Dorchester Abbey; photographed by Father Lawrence Lew, OP; swiped off his flickr site and used with permissionArticle

(died 650) Confessor, apostle of Wessex, died Dorchester, England. A Benedictine monk at Rome, he was consecrated at Genoa by Archbishop Asterius of Milan and sent by Pope Honorius to spread the gospel in England. He arrived in Wessex, 634, and converted King Cynegils. He established his see at Dorcic, now Dorchester. Relics at Winchester, where numerous miracles have taken place. Feast, 3 December.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Birinus”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 August 2012. Web. 4 December 2020. <>