New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Frideswide


(c.650-735) Virgin, abbess. The daughter of the noble Didan, she fled to Oxford to escape marriage with King Algar. Her monastery was transformed into Christ Church College, and her church became Oxford cathedral. In 1561 Calfhill, Canon of Christ Church, desecrated her relics, mingling them with those of a runaway nun. Patroness of Oxford. Feast, 19 October.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Frideswide”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 October 2010. Web. 1 October 2020. <>