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Saturday, 9 January 2016

9th January - Adrian of Canterbury

Adrian, (635 - 710), was a Benedictine monk when quite young. Abbot of Hiridanum (Bay of Naples), twice offered the Archbishopric of Canterbury, he declined, citing unworthiness. When Theodore of Tarsus was sent instead, Adrian went as his assistant with special support to aid the monastic movement in the region. Detained in France due to suspicions of espionage for the emperor. Arrived in England in 669. Abbot of St Peter's, a monastery founded by Augustine of Canterbury.

Adrian and Theodore were highly successful missionaries in largely pagan England. In addition, Adrian was a great teacher of languages, mathematics, poetry, astronomy, and Bible study. Under his leadership, the School of Canterbury became the centre of English learning. Worked to unify the customs of the English with the Church.