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Saint Oswald of Worcester

Founder of several English monasteries


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Bishop (d. 992)

His story

+ Oswald’s parents were born in Denmark but immigrated to England before his birth.

+ Educated by his uncle, Saint Odo “the Good,” Oswald became a priest for the diocese of Winchester. He later became a Benedictine monk in the abbey of Flery-sur-Loire in France.

+ Named bishop of Worcester, England, in 962, he worked closely with Saint Dunstan and Saint Ethelwold to promote monastic life and clerical reform in England. He founded two important monasteries in Ramsey and Winchester.

+ In 972, Oswald was appointed archbishop of York.

+ Known for his theological writings and care for the poor, he died on February 29, 992. He is sometimes honored as “Saint Oswald of York.”

Worth knowing

Saint Oswald is one of the few saints listed in the Roman Martyrology (the Church’s official listing of saints) on February 29. In non-leap years, his memory is celebrated on February 28.


I will look after my sheep, says the Lord, and I will appoint a shepherd to pasture them, and I, the Lord, will be their God”—Ezekiel 34:11, 23-24


Almighty ever-living God, who chose blessed Oswald to preside as Bishop over your holy people, we pray that, by his merits, you may bestow on us the grace of your loving kindness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(from The Roman Missal: Common of Pastors—For a Bishop)

Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

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