baptizes King Ethelbert of the Saxons
This blog would probably self-destruct if I neglected to mention Saint Augustine of CANTERBURY on his feast day. Saint Augustine (sometimes Austin) is to be distinguished from St. Augustine of Hippo, the great doctor the Church.
Augustine of Canterbury (d. May 604) was a missionary monk who became the first Archbishop of Canterbury in the year 598. He is the “Apostle to the English” and Anglicanism looks to the See of Canterbury as it honored diocese because of its historical link to the Rome, as it was Saint Pope Gregory the Great who sent St. Austin to England.
I’ve named this blog “Canterbury Tales” because it records “tales” (i.e. web log posts) and because Anglicanism was my link back to the Holy Roman Catholic Church — having once served briefly as an Anglican/Episcopalian priest in Fort Worth Texas. As Saint Austin/Augustine of Canterbury brought the Petrine Christianity of Rome to Canterbury, England so the Holy Ghost led me along the reverse route – back into the arms of the Catholic Church in full communion with Pope Benedict XVI, the successor of Saint Peter.
Enough about that. Here’s some information about Saint Augustine of Canterbury from the Catholic Encyclopedia.