New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Ninian

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Ninian, Saint Ninian's Parish Church, Whithorn Priory, date and artist unknownArticle

Sometimes known as Ninias, Ninus, Dinan, Ringan, or Ringen. Confessor, bishop and apostle of Christianity in Scotland; born Cumberland; died Whithorn, c.432. He was the son of a converted British chieftain. After 15 years spent at Rome, he was consecrated by Saint Siricius, and began his mission in his native land. He built the white stone church at Whithorn in 397. He is venerated as one of the greatest Scottish saints. Relics preserved at Whithorn, lost during the Reformation. Feast, 16 September.

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  • “Saint Ninian”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 August 2017. Web. 25 February 2021. <>