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Born at Jarrow, England in 673.  At the age of three, he was sent to the monastery to be educated.  He became a monk of the Benedictines and was ordained at the age of 30.  He was considered the most learned man of his day.  He spent most of his time at the monastery, except for a few brief visits elsewhere.  His works comprise all branches of knowledge:  history, astronomy, music, philosophy, etc.  The best known of his historical works is “Ecclesiastical History of the English People”, which is a complete history up to 731.  He was called the “Venerable” because of his wisdom, which was formalized at the Council of Aachen in 853.  He was declared the only English Doctor of the Church.  He died May 25, 735.

 FEAST DAY:  May 25

PATRON OF:  Lectors

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