Saint David was a bishop who engaged in missionary work and founded monasteries in Wales. He and his monks practiced asceticism, silence and were vegetarians. In 550, he was elected Primate because of his defense of the faith, against Pelagianism. Legend has it that once when preaching a dove descended on his shoulder and the earth rose to lift him above the people, so he could be heard. Before he died he said, "Be joyful, keep your faith and your creed. Do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about. I will walk the path that our fathers have trod before us.” He is the patron saint of Wales and one of the most famous British saints.