Saint Days: Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury
St. Dunstan (908-988) was born to a noble family. He was educated by Irish monks and served in the court of King Athelstan. He was accused of witchcraft by envious members of the court and was attacked and thrown into a cesspool. He barely survived this attack and decided to enter into Holy Orders as a result.
He became Abbot of Glastonbury where he reformed the abbey using the Rule of St. Benedict. He became Bishop of Worcester in 957 and was given the London Bishopric shortly thereafter. In 960, he was made Archbishop of Canterbury and served until 978 when he retired due to political reasons.
Let us remember St. Dunstan in our prayers today:
O God, our heavenly Father, who raised up your faithful servant St. Dunstan to be a bishop and pastor in your Church and to feed your flock: Give abundantly to all pastors the gifts of your Holy Spirit, that they may minister in your household as true servants of Christ and stewards of your divine mysteries; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.