Who was St Chad?
Most people may not know, but here are some details that will help you know him better.
St.Chad was born sometime in the early 600s, in Northumbria, England. His name was originally spelt "Ceadda", but St. Chad is more easily pronounced by us living today. His brother was St.Cedd, so he obviously came from a deeply Christian home. St. Chad was taught by St.Aidan at Lindisfarne. And while a young man was ordained priest. He served in a number of parishes in Northumbria.
In 664, on his brother's death, St.Chad became the Abbot of the monastery of Lastingham, Yorkshire. He was an Abbot only a short time, when he was chosen and ordained bishop, and named as the Bishop of Northumbria; However at the request of St.Wilfred, who returned from France in 669, he humbly stepped down and retired back to his monastery at Lastingham. Later that year, however, St.Chad was called to be the Bishop of the Mercians, where Lichfield Cathedral is today.
Throughout his life first as a priest and later as a Bishop, St.Chad was tireless in spreading the Gospel, journeying throughout his diocese of Mercia, visiting parishes, teaching the Faith, encouraging his people to grow in Christ. He is reputed to have founded a new monastery at Barrow.
St.Chad died on March 2nd, 672 AD, as the Bishop of Lichfield, and that day has been kept ever since as a Feast Day in Thanksgiving for his life and witness. He was proclaimed a Saint of the Church a century later.
Remember to Thank God for the life and witness of St.Chad, and ask for his prayers for our parish.
(Courtesy of the "Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church", Oxford University Press, 1958, page 259)
澤克 (Chad) 原籍英國羅登比亞 (Northumbria)，與其兄弟聖西 (St. Cedd) 同為聖亞但 (St. Aidan) 的門生。其兄弟聖西於公元645年被按立為東薩克遜的主教，卒於公元664年，而聖澤克則成爲約克西拉定咸的修道院主持。由於羅登比亞的奧斯威王 (King of Oswy) 不滿於當時的主教聖威佛 (St. Wilfrid) 於被任命後須前往法國去接受封職而經常缺席於羅登比亞，他遂使聖澤克作羅登比亞的主教，及其後威佛回來，比奧多大主教 (Archbishop Theodore) 不承認澤克的被任命，澤克遂欣然接受其決定並於公元669年退歸拉定咸。同年，他被派往作瑪西亞的主教而其教區則為烈治腓 (Lichfield) ，距離現在的座堂約半里外的史圖 (Stowe) ，因其曾於早年在這些地區作傳道牧師。
他在公元672年3月2日死於史圖。二十八年後希達 (Hedda) 主教在現今烈治腓座堂的現址建一教堂，作聖澤克遺軀安放的地點。該教堂於公元700年12月31日被祝聖。