Bede the Venerable

Bede the Venerable

Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. Bede the Venerable, priest and doctor, who lived during the 7th & 8th centuries in the Kingdom of Northumbria in northeast England.  He is recognized as the greatest Anglo-Saxon scholar; his knowledge covering many different disciplines, history, theology, linguistics, etc.

Bede entered the Benedictine monastery of St. Peter located on the River Wear when he was seven to be educated; this was a common practice during this time.  He evidently stayed with the Benedictine Order and was eventually ordained a priest.

Bede wrote a number of influential documents the most famous was Ecclesiastical History of the English People.

His bones were translated (moved) to Durham Cathedral in the 11th century.  Try this link: https://www.durhamworldheritagesite.com/history/bede

In 1899 Pope Leo XII named his Doctor of the Church.

By the way, he is called venerable not because of his canonization but because of his life of holiness.