Saint Dunstan of Canterbury

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, OPMemorial


Son of Heorstan, a Wessex nobleman. Nephew of Saint Athelm, and related to Saint Alphege of Winchester. Educated at Glastonbury Abbey by Irish monks. Hermit. Monk. Expert goldsmith, metal-worker, and harpist. Ordained by Saint Alphege. Appointed abbot of Glastonbury in 944 by King Edmund I of England. He rebuilt the abbey, introduced the Benedictine Rule, and established a famous school. Close advisor to King Eadred and King Eadgar. Bishop of Worcester, England, and of London, England. Archbishop of Canterbury, England in 960. The combination of spiritual authority and political influence made him the virtual regent of the kingdom. Spiritual director of Saint Wulsin of Sherborne. Reformed church life in 10th century England. Advisor to King Edwy until he commented on the king‘s profligate sexual ways – which caused the bishop to be exiled. In 978, with the ascension of King Ethelred the Unready, he retired from political life to Canterbury. Had the gift of prophecy.






MLA Citation

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