Menology of England and Wales – Saint Peter, Abbot, Confessor, 607


Peter was one of the first companions of Saint Augustine, and a monk of Saint Andrew’s in Rome. At the present day the name of Saint Peter may be seen in the inscription in the portico of the Church of Saint Andrew and Saint Gregory, which records the first Apostles of the English, who went forth from that holy retreat. Saint Augustine appointed him Abbot of his newly-founded monastery, which he continued to govern till after the death of the Saint. In the year 607 or 608 Saint Peter was sent on an embassy to France, but was overtaken by a violent storm, and drowned near Ambleteuse, on the French coast. The inhabitants of that place buried him as a shipwrecked mariner, without any signs of honour; but throughout the following night a brilliant light was seen to shine over his grave, showing how great were his merits before God. Accordingly they inquired who the holy man might be, and then removed the sacred relics to the city of Boulogne, where they were treasured with the highest veneration. The five successors of Saint Peter, as Abbots of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, were all either of the original companions of Saint Augustine, or were sent from Rome to take part in his labours. They are described as venerable and holy men, though they do not appear to have received the public honours of Sanctity. Their names were John, Rufinian, Gratiosus, Patronius, and Nathaniel. After them followed the illustrious Saint Adrian.

MLA Citation

  • Father Richard Stanton. “Saint Peter, Abbot, Confessor, 607”. Menology of England and Wales, 1887. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 April 2015. Web. 26 October 2016. <>