St. David of Wales
St. David (Dewi) is said to have been conceived when King Sant raped Non,
herself a future saint.
David was born c. 495 near Cardigan, and he
is thought to have been educated at Ty Gwyn under St. Paulinus, an early
missionary in the British Isles. David followed his teacher's missionary
ways and established 12 monasteries in Wales. The last, Mynyw (or
Menevia), had a strict rule based on Egyptian practices and became the
center of David's see. Legends say that he travelled to the Holy Land,
where he was elevated to the office of archbishop. His eloquence led to
his becoming the primate of the Cambrian church. He is said to have
opposed Pelagianism and to have established the canons of the British
church. David died c. 589/601, and Callixtus II is thought to have
approved his cult c. 1120. His relics were translated to larger shrines in
1131 and 1275; his empty tomb at Mynyw was rediscovered in 1922.
Karen Rae Keck
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