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St. Adrian of Canterbury

Also spelled HADRIAN
VII/VIII Century
St. Adrian (d. c. 709/710) was born in Africa and twice refused Vitalian's offer of the see of Canterbury. Adrian accompanied Theodore of Tarsus, whom he had recommended for the archbishopric, to England. Adrian lived in Canterbury for 39 years as abbot of Sts. Peter and Paul (later St. Augustine) and director of the cathedral school. Some say he founded the school. Aldhelm, a former student, praised the education he received there, and Bede notes that some monks at Canterbury knew Greek and Latin as well as they knew their native tongue. The school also taught Scripture, theology, Roman law, and compuistics (calendar calculation) to students from many places in the British Isles. Adrian promoted the use of Roman customs among the Celts. His tomb became famous for the miracles that occured there, and in 1091, his body was found incorrupt.

Karen Rae Keck


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