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Feastday: March 2

Patron of Mercia; Lichfield; of astronomers

Birth: 634

Death: 672


Irish archbishop and brother of St. Cedd, also called Ceadda. He was trained by St. Aidan in Lindisfarne and in England. He also spent time with St. Egbert in Ireland. Made the archbishop of York by King Oswy, Chad was disciplined by Theodore, the newly arrived archbishop of Canterbury, in 669. Chad accepted Theodore’s charges of impropriety with such humility and grace that Theodore regularized his consecration and ap­pointed him the bishop of Mercia. He established a see at Lichfield. His relics are en­shrined in Birmingham. In litur­gical art he is depicted as a bishop, holding a church.


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