Saint Chad of Lichfield
Bishop Abbot

D. C. 672

March 2

One of four holy brothers who became priests, Chad left his home in Northumbria to study under St. Aidan. After returning to York from Ireland to become abbot of Lastingham, Chad unwittingly became the center of a controversy. While Prince Alcfrid's choice for bishop of Lichfield, St Wilfrid, was delayed in Paris awaiting consecration, King Oswy appointed Chad in his place. As bishop, Chad traveled on foot through his diocese to instruct people in cottages and castles, in churches and open country. When the new archbishop of Canterbury, St Theodore, arrived in England he decided that Wilfrid was the rightful bishop. Chad replied that he willingly resigned as he never thought himself worthy of the office. Theodore was so impressed by this humble response that he later appointed Chad bishop of Mercia.



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