PETER OF CANTERBURY, ABBOT
– RICHARD P. McBRIEN-
Peter of Canterbury (d. ca. 607) was a member of the original group of Benedictine monks sent to Briton by Pope Gregory the Great [September 3], under the leadership 18 the pocket guide to the saints of Augustine of Canterbury [May 27], to evangelize the Anglo-Saxons. King Ethelbert [February 24] was eventually baptized and gave the monks a house in Canterbury that would become the monastery of Sts. Peter and Paul, later called St. Augustine’s. Peter was appointed its first abbot. Peter later drowned in the English Channel while on a missionary journey to Gaul and was buried in Boulogne.
His feast is not on the General Roman calendar.