St Adrian of Canterbury
Though St. Adrian turned down a papal request to become Archbishop of Canterbury,
England, Pope St. Vitalian accepted the rejection on the condition that Adrian serve as the Holy
Father´s assistant and adviser. Adrian accepted, but ended up spending most of his life and doing
most of his work in Canterbury.
Born in Africa, Adrian was serving as an abbot in Italy when
the new Archbishop of Canterbury appointed him abbot of the monastery of Sts. Peter and Paul in
Canterbury. Thanks to his leadership skills, the facility became one of the most important centers
of learning. The school attracted many outstanding scholars from far and wide and produced numerous
future bishops and archbishops. Students reportedly learned Greek and Latin and spoke Latin as well
as their own native languages.
Adrian taught at the school for 40 years. He died there,
probably in the year 710, and was buried in the monastery. Several hundred years later, when
reconstruction was being done, Adrian´s body was discovered in an incorrupt state. As word spread,
people flocked to his tomb, which became famous for miracles. Rumor had it that young schoolboys in
trouble with their masters made regular visits there.
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