Saint Days: Augustine of Canterbury, Archbishop of Canterbury and Missionary
St. Augustine of Canterbury (early 6th c.-604) was a missionary and the first Archbishop of Canterbury. He began as a Benedictine monk in Rome and was chosen by Pope Gregory the Great to be a missionary to England. After arriving in England, he set up his main base of operations at Canterbury where the king, Ethelbert, converted to Christianity and allowed missionaries freedom and support. Augustine was consecrated as Bishop sometime around 597. While most of Britain was pagan at the time, there was a church in England prior to Augustine's mission and he was unsuccessful at bringing the Celtic Bishops under his ecclesial authority. Nevertheless, Augustine's work was instrumental in establishing a stronger Church in England that was more connected to the Church Universal.
Here is a quote from St. Augustine of Canterbury that clearly shows his exemplary missional attitude:
Let us remember St. Augustine of Canterbury in our prayers today:
Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your servant St. Augustine of Canterbury, whom you called to preach the Gospel to the people of England; raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.