Book of Saints – Laurence of Canterbury

Saint Lawrence of CanterburyArticle

(Saint) Bishop (February 2) (7th century) One of the forty monks sent by Pope Saint Gregory the Great with Saint Augustine to convert the Anglo-Saxons. He enjoyed the full confidence of his holy leader, and was chosen by him to report to Saint Gregory on the progress of the English mission, and to bring back reinforcements for the work. Succeeding to the Archbishopric of Canterbury (A.D. 604), he guided the infant Church successfully and skilfully through the crisis that followed on the death of King Ethelbert. He appears to have dealt very prudently with the Celtic Prelates; and the Irish Stowe Missal gives him express commemoration in the Canon of the Mass. He died A.D. 619, and was succeeded by Saint Mellitus.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Laurence of Canterbury”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 August 2018. Web. 27 May 2019. <>