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St. Augustine of Canterbury

Bishop, Confessor

Feast Day - May 28

Augustine, a monk of the Lateran monastery in Rome, was sent by Gregory the Great in 597 to England with about forty monks as his companions. They were invited by King Ethelbert to Canterbury, the chief city of the kingdom, and they built an oratory nearby. Through preaching the doctrine of Heaven, Augustine brought many of the islanders and the king himself to the Christian faith, to the great joy of the king’s wife, Bertha, who was a Christian.

By order of Pope Gregory, Augustine was ordained bishop and founded the see of Canterbury; by the same Pontiff he was granted the use of the pallium and the right to organize the hierarchy of England. At length, after suffering great hardships for Christ, having set Mellitus over the Church of London, Justus over that of Rochester, and Lawrence over his own Church, he made his journey to Heaven on May 26. He was buried in the monastery of St. Peter, which then became the burial place of bishops of Canterbury and of several kings.


Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. II: Passion Sunday to August (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1963), pp. 1827-1828.