This Week in English Catholic History: Saints Adrian (AD 635-710) and Theodore (602-690) of Canterbury
N September 19th, we celebrate St. Adrian of Canterbury and St. Theodore of Canterbury.
Sts. Adrian and Theodore are mainly remembered for being highly successful missionaries in largely pagan England and for being best friends.
St. Adrian was originally offered the position of Archbishop of Canterbury by Pope St. Vitalian, but St. Adrian turned it down. On St. Adrian’s recommendation, the pope offered the archbishopric to St. Theodore, who accepted, and made St. Adrian the Abbot of St. Peter’s, a Benedictine monastery in Canterbury. They left for England in AD 668: St. Theodore was 66 and St. Adrian was 33.
Under St. Adrian’s