Saints of the Day – John Thwing of Bridlington

detail of a painting of Saint John of Bridlington; swiped from Santi e BeatiArticle

Born at Thwing, near Bridlington, Yorkshire, England, 1319; died at Bridlington, 1379; canonized 1401 by Pope Boniface IX as John of Bridlington; relics translated March 11, 1404; feast day formerly October 11.

John began studying at Oxford when he was 17. Two years later he joined the Augustinian canons at Bridlington. He filled various offices (presenter, cellarer) in the monastery and ultimately became their prior, a position he held for his last 17 years on earth. His external life seems to have been uneventful; however, he was known for complete fidelity in all things – a relatively rare quality among monastics during that period. He especially recommended the studying of the Gospel of Saint John.

The miracles reported at his shrine, doubtless facilitated his canonization. The English success at the Battle of Agincourt was attributed by Henry V to the intercession of Saints John of Beverly and John of Bridlington. He is the patron of women in difficult labor (Attwater, Benedictines, Delaney, Farmer).

Saint John is always shown with a book, crozier, and fur almuce; sometimes there is a muzzled animal under his feet (Roeder). There is a 15th-century stained-glass window of him in Morley, Derbyshire (Farmer). He is venerated at Warwick, Bridlington (Roeder).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 August 2020. Web. 26 November 2020. <>