St. Augustine of Canterbury

Today is the feast of the “Apostle to the English,” St. Augustine of Canterbury, who went to England in AD 597 to evangelize. The church in which he and his 40 brother monks worshipped when he arrived in England, St. Martin’s Church in Canterbury, is still in use, 1410 years later. I walked around the churchyard a few years back:

Obviously, the church has been renovated numerous times over the years, but the edifice still contains Roman aspects.

Once settled in England, St. Augustine founded a huge abbey in Canterbury, which was confiscated by Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. It was turned into a royal palace, but gradually fell into ruins. Those ruins are pretty impressive even today:


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  1. 1 in illo tempore Trackback on May 28, 2006 at 3:30 pm

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