Saint Birinus of Dorchester

stained glass window, Dorchester Abbey; photographed by Father Lawrence Lew, OP; swiped off his flickr site and used with permissionAlso known as

  • Birinus of Genoa
  • Apostle of Wessex
  • Berin of….
  • Birin of….

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Ordained in Rome, Italy. Bishop in Genoa, Italy. Sent by Pope Honorius I as a missionary to Britain in 634. Preached with the pagan West Saxons where he had great success, converting King Cynegils and many of his subjects. Bishop of Dorchester, England. Founded many churches in the region, and known for a great devotion to the Eucharist.

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  • “Saint Birinus of Dorchester“. Saints.SQPN.com. 18 December 2014. Web. 25 December 2014. <>