Saint Adrian of Canterbury
Jul 18, 2020 / Written by: America Needs Fatima
Feast January 9
St. Adrian was North African Berber by birth. Known for his virtue and learning, while Abbot of Nerida, near Naples, he was twice invited by Pope St. Vitalian to travel to England as the new Archbishop of Canterbury.
In his humility, he first proposed a fellow monk for the position. When it was again offered to him, he recommended Theodore of Tarsus in his stead, finally accepting the Pope's condition that he accompany Theodore as his assistant and adviser.
St. Theodore made St. Adrian Abbot of the Monastery of Sts. Peter and Paul, later known as the Abbey of St. Augustine at Canterbury.
Under his influence, the monastic school became a center of learning and virtue with far-reaching influence. Greek, Latin, Roman law and the ecclesiastical sciences were taught there.
After being a true beacon of sanctity and knowledge to England for thirty-nine years, St. Adrian died on January 9, 710.