Saint Adrian was born in Africa, but was settled in a religious house near Naples, when the Pope Saint Vitalian called him to Rome, with the intention of consecrating him as successor to Saint Deusdedit, in the See of Canterbury. At the earnest request of Adrian, the Pope accepted Saint Theodore in his place, but on the condition that he should accompany him to England, to be his guide through France, which he had already visited twice, and his adviser in the administration of his diocese; lest Theodore, who was a Greek by birth and education, should be disposed to introduce dangerous novelties into the English Church. The Saints were detained some time in France; and when Saint Theodore was able to cross the sea, Saint Adrian was still obliged to stay, through the jealousy of Ebroin, Mayor of the Palace, who suspected that he might have some political mission from the Eastern Emperor. At length Adrian also reached Canterbury, and, on the retirement of Saint Benet Biscop from the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, was appointed to succeed him in his office, a place which he retained till his death. Saint Theodore and his faithful counsellor were both men of great learning, in all branches of ecclesiastical discipline, and in their perfect knowledge of the Greek and Latin languages. The benefits of their joint labours were felt throughout the land. Episcopal Sees were multiplied, resident priests established, where hitherto they had not been known, synods held, and Church discipline well settled. One work, in which Saint Adrian had a special share, was the establishment of schools, which were eagerly thronged by the youth of England, and spread their benefits far and wide. They had many distinguished pupils, who were as familiar with Greek and Latin as with their native tongue. Among the most illustrious q,re mentioned Saint Aldhelm, Tobias, Bishop of Rochester, and Albinus, who was afterwards Abbot in place of Saint Adrian. The Saint long survived Saint Theodore, and continued perseveringly in the duties which had been assigned to him, until, after spending thirty-nine years in England, he was called to receive the reward of his labours in the year 710.
- Father Richard Stanton. “Saint Adrian, Abbot, Confessor, 710”. , 1887. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 April 2015. Web. 25 February 2017. <>