Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Oswald, Confessor

Saint Oswald of WorcesterEntry

The nephew of Odo, archbishop of Canterbury, Saint Oswald was originally a monk in the abbey of Saint Bennet-on-the-Loire. He was recalled to England to succeed Saint Dunstan in the see of Worcester, and later to hold that of York. He founded numerous monasteries, being ever partial to the cloistered life, and by his apostolic labors he extended the sway of learning and piety throughout his dioceses. Every day, twelve poor persons were admitted to his table, and (after having washed and kissed their feet) he served them humbly with his own hands. When he had administered the episcopal charge for thirty-three years he began to- feel that his end was near. He therefore retired among his beloved monks, and joyfully expired on the 29th of February, 992, pronouncing with his dying lips, “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost!”

. . . Time has laid his hand
Upon ray heart gently, not smiting it,
But as a harper lays his open palm
Upon his harp to deaden its vibrations.
    – Henry W. Longfellow

Favorite Practice – To reverence and serve our Lord in the persons of His poor.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Oswald, Confessor”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 April 2021. Web. 21 April 2021. <>