(d. c. 601). A saint and founder of monasteries. Although little is known about David, he remains one of the most popular British saints. He became the Bishop of Menevia in southwest Wales, and was also the abbot of a monastery in Menevia which practiced an extreme form of monasticism in the tradition of Antony of Egypt. Legend claims that he was consecrated the Metropolitan Archbishop of Wales by the Bishop of Jerusalem. It is certain that during the time of the invasions of the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes, a pocket of Britons retained the Christian faith in Wales. David was one of them. He is the patron saint of Wales. David is commemorated in the Episcopal calendar of the church year on Mar. 1.
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