BERTHWALD (BRITHWALD) (Saint) Bishop (January 9) (8th century) A Benedictine monk who, it is said, resigned the dignity of Abbot of Glastonbury in order to seclude himself in the insignificant monastery of Reculver in the Isle of Thanet. He was not, however, able to avoid acceptance of the Archbishopric of Canterbury (A.D. 692) in succession to Saint Theodore. He assisted at the Synod of Nidd, in which Saint Wilfrid was justified and restored to his See. He consecrated Saint Aldhelm to the West Saxon Bishopric of Sherborne. After a long and strenuous Episcopate Saint Brithwald died A.D. 731.