Book of Saints – Augustine of Canterbury


AUGUSTINE of CANTERBURY (Saint) Bishop (May 26) (7th century) Saint Augustine shares with Saint Gregory the Great the title of Apostle of the English. Saint Gregory himself, hefore his advancement to the Papal See, set out to convert the English, but was recalled to Rome. Five years after his election to the Pontifical Chair, he sent forth a band of forty monks from the monastery of Saint Andrew in Rome, under their Prior Augustine, to begin a mission in England. They landed at or near Ebbsfleet in the Isle of Thanet, where they were received and listened to by King Saint Ethelbert, who received Baptism and established the holy missionaries at Canterbury (A.D. 597). Saint Augustine was consecrated the first Archbishop of Canterbury, it is said, by Virgilius, the Metropolitan of Aries. Saint Gregory, on hearing of the success of the mission, sent the pallium (an ornament distinctive of Archbishops) to Augustine, together with a reinforcement of labourers, among whom were Mellitus, Paulinus and Justus. These were appointed to the Sees of London, York and Rochester. Saint Augustine died within a short time of Saint Gregory (A.D. 604). He was buried in the Abbey church without the walls of Canterbury, which he had founded.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Augustine of Canterbury”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 August 2012. Web. 23 October 2020. <>