|Successor||Boniface of Savoy|
|Consecration||2 April 1234|
|Born||20 November c. 1175
St Edmund’s Lane, Abingdon, Berkshire (now Oxfordshire), England
|Died||16 November 1240
Soisy-Bouy, Seine-et-Marne, France
|Buried||Pontigny Abbey, Burgundy, France|
|Feast day||16 November|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church
|Title as Saint||Archbishop|
|Canonized||16 December 1246
by Pope Innocent IV
|Attributes||archbishop making a vow before a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary; embracing the Child Jesus; placing a ring on the finger of a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary; receiving a lamb from the Blessed Virgin Mary; with Saint Richard of Chichester; with Saint Thomas of Canterbury|
|Patronage||Abingdon, Oxfordshire; Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth; St Edmund’s College, Cambridge; St Edmund Hall, Oxford|
|Shrines||Pontigny Abbey, Pontigny, Yonne, France|
CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Edmund Rich
Archbishop of Canterbury, England, born 20 November, c. 1180, at Abingdon, six miles from Oxford; died 16 November, 1240, at Soissy, France. His early chronology is somewhat uncertain. His parents, Reinald (Reginald) and Mabel Rich, were remarkable for piety. It is said that his mother constantly wore hair-cloth, and attended almost every night at Matins in the abbey church. His father, even during the lifetime of his mother, entered the monastery of Eynsham in Oxfordshire. Edmund had two sisters and at least one brother. The two sisters became nuns at Catesby. From his earliest years he was taught by his mother to Archbishop of Canterbury, England, , such as fasting on Saturdays on bread and water, and wearing a hair shirt. When old enough he was sent to study at Oxford. While there, the Child Christ appeared to him while he was walking alone in the fields. In memory of what passed between him and Christ on that occasion, he used every night to sign his forehead with the words “Jesus of Nazareth”, a custom he recommended to others. Anxious to preserve purity of mind and body, Edmund made a vow of chastity, and as a pledge thereof he procured two rings; one he placed on the finger of Our Lady’s statue in St. Mary’s Oxford, the other he himself wore.
- CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Edmund Rich. 2016. CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Edmund Rich. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05294a.htm. [Accessed 16 November 2016].
- Image: https://www.beloit.edu/nuremberg/book/images/People/Early_Christian_Medieval/index.htm. [Accessed 16 November 2016].
- Statistics Wikipedia-Edmund of Abingdon