Saint of the Month

Augustine of Canterbury (26th May)

In the 6th Century, Pope Gregory sent a monk, Augustine, to convert the English.  Landing in Kent, he was given permission by the heathen king, Ethelbert. to bring the Gospel to his people.   Ethelbert’s wife was a Christian, who with the king’s permission, worshipped in the ancient Roman church in his capital Canterbury.

During the Saxon period many of the English Dioceses were founded, but then there came a further wave of heathen invasions from   the Continent, this time, the Danes.  These, like the Saxons before them were, in due course mostly converted to Christianity