Our Patron Saint - Augustine of Canterbury


Augustine of Canterbury was a Benedictine monk who became the first Archbishop of Canterbury in the year 597.  He is considered the "Apostle to the English" and a founder of the English Church. Augustine was the prior of a monastery in Rome when Pope Gregory the Great chose him in 595 to lead a mission, usually known as the Gregorian mission, to Britain to Christianize King  Æthelberht and his Kingdom of Kent from their native Anglo-Saxon paganism.

In 597 Augustine landed on the Isle of Thanet and proceeded to Æthelberht's main town of Canterbury. Augustine was consecrated as a bishop and converted many of the king's subjects, including thousands during a mass baptism on Christmas Day in 597. Pope Gregory sent more missionaries in 601, along with encouraging letters and gifts for the churches, attempting to persuade the native Celtic bishops to submit to Augustine's authority. The archbishop probably died in 604 and was soon revered as a saint.