Visitors to last year’s Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition in Durham might have noticed a bronze statue of the Venerable Bede at the entrance. This was a cast of a wooden original by Durham sculptor Fenwick Lawson. But where is the original? In the entrance lobby of the Pontifical Bede College in Rome.
Lawson’s statue is a reminder that our beloved Northern Saints, including Bede, Cuthbert, Aidan and Hilda, have an international reputation. But if you look around for resources on them, you’ll find very little. Teachers in our region are expected to teach about these saints, kids in school are supposed to write about them, and ministers are expected to organise celebrations for their feast days. Where can they find the ideas and information they need?
During March and April your Religious Resources Centre will be plugging the gap by introducing you to some of our resources on the Northern Saints, inviting you to consider the ideas surrounding them, and perhaps contribute your own ideas.
We’ll be posting questions such as:
How did faith affect the lives of the Northern Saints?
What impact did the Northern Saints have then – and how does their influence survive today?
Are there comparable saintly people elsewhere?
Do take part – we’d love to know what you think!
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