New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Dunstan

stained glass window of Saint Dunstan, artist unknown, Saint Dunstan's chapel, Leicester Cathedral, Leicester, England; swiped with permission from the flickr account of Father Lawrence Lew, OPArticle

Confessor, Archbishop of Canterbury, born Glastonbury, England, c.925; died Canterbury, England, 988. He was the son of Heorstan, a Wessex nobleman, and was educated at Glastonbury by the Irish monks. King Eadmund made him Abbot of Glastonbury, 944, where he rebuilt the abbey, introduced the Benedictine Rule, and established a school which became famous. Kings Eadred and Eadgar intrusted much of the government to him; the latter appointed him to the sees of Worcester and London and in 960 to Canterbury. As primate he was the virtual ruler of the kingdom and promulgated reforms in Church and State. With the accession of King Ethelred the Unready, 978, he retired to Canterbury. Patron of goldsmiths, locksmiths, armorers, blacksmiths, and musicians. His tomb, discovered at Canterbury, 1506, by Archbishop Warham, was destroyed during the Reformation. Feast, 19 May.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Dunstan”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 October 2012. Web. 20 June 2021. <>