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