Saint Fursey


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  St Fursey
Apostle of Norfolk

Saint Fursey was born in Ireland about AD 600, his parents were of royal blood, but he renounced his princely way of life for the love of Christ, and became a monk.  His new way of life and his preaching of the Gospel converted many of his own countrymen.

As a pilgrim for Christ he left his monastery and homeland, crossed the Irish Sea to Wales, passed through pagan Mercia, and came to east Anglia in AD 633, with his brothers, Foillen and Ultan.  With them came two priests, called Goban and Dicul.

King Sigebert gave Saint Fursey the remains of the Roman fort of Burgh castle near Great Yarmouth, and in the safety of its massive walls he built a monastery.

The site of this can still be visited and pilgrims regularly go there in honour of the Apostle of Norfolk.  From the monastery he converted eastern Norfolk to the Orthodox Christian Faith.

After about ten years, Saint Fursey crossed the Channel to France, and established another monastery at Peronne.  He died about AD 653.

The Venerable Bede tells us that Saint Fursey 'was renowned for his words and works, and was outstanding in goodness'.

The background on these pages are of Saint Fursey standing in front of Burgh Castle.