Who: St. David, Patron Saint of Wales
Feast Day: 1 March
Life: Born c. 500 AD, Died 589 AD
Symbol: Leek, Daffodil
St. David was born in south-west Wales sometime in the early 5th century to a noble family: his father was the grandson of a prince of Ceredigion and his mother was the niece of King Arthur. Legend has it that he was physically strong and very tall but extremely gentle.
During his life, St. David was a teacher, travelling widely throughout Wales, the south-west of England and Brittany in France. He lead a strictly disciplined, austerely religious life. He also founded several churches and a monastery in Wales and became an archbishop. He was canonised in 1120.
Shortly afterwards, people began to make pilgrimages to the monastery. Its original site of the monastery, Glyn Rhosin (The Vale of Roses) in Pembrokeshire is where St. David’s Cathedral stands today.