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:

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.

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