(Saint) Abbot. (January 12) (7th century) A Northumbrian of noble birth who, after a pilgrimage to Rome, embraced the monastic life in the Isle of Lerins (an island off the Mediterranean coast of France). When again in Borne, Fope Saint Vitalian ordered him to conduct back to England Saint Theodore, Just made Archbishop of Canterbury. On their arrival he himself was appointed Abbot of Saint Augustine’s monastery at Canterbury. Other visits to Rome followed, and in the end Northumbria became the scene of Saint Benedict’s labours for the good of souls. There he founded the monasteries of Wearmouth and of Jarrow. He died Jan. 12, A.D. 690. He is, above all, celebrated for his learning and for his zeal in reforming English Church discipline in conformity with that obtaining in Rome and in general in the West.