St Aidan was an Irish monk that restored Christianity to Northumberland. He founded a monastery on the island of Lindisfarne known as Lindisfarne Priory and served as its first bishop.
St Aidan would walk from village to village speaking to people he saw and slowly interesting them in Christianity. He would engage with the people on their own level by taking an interest in their lives and their communities. Through this approach he slowly restored Christianity to the Northumbrian countryside.
In his years as bishop St Aidan was responsible for the construction of numerous churches, monasteries and schools throughout the north east. He also earned a reputation for all of his tireless charity efforts and dedication to the poor.
After his death in 651 St Aidan was buried at Lindisfarne, beneath the monastery that he helped found and his feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death every year on 31st August. Reflecting his Irish origins and his life in England, St Aidan has been proposed as a possible patron saint of the United Kingdom. Today his significance is still recognised in the quote from Joseph Lightfoot, a former Bishop of Durham:
“Augustine was the Apostle of Kent, but Aidan was the Apostle of England.”
Our Academy was named after St Aidan in 2009.