St. Honorius of Canterbury

Honorius was the archbishop of Canterbury England, though he was native to Rome, Italy. He was sent to the British Isles at the request of the Pope, who was St. Gregory I the Great, at the time. Honorius was a Benedictine monk and was responsible for the conversion of many to Christianity. He was elected in 627 as archbishop.

He was consecrated by Saints Ithamar and Felix. He was also remembered as giving refuge to Saint Paulinus after fleeing from Wales following the death of King Edwin. Honorius administered a diocese of his own with the permission of the pope and did so with a significant amount of energy and zeal.

Honorius died in 653 and was the last of the Gregorian missionaries and is buried at St Augustine’s Abbey in Canterbury. Many of his relics were moved in the 11th century, though they still remain a part of St. Augustine’s Abbey.

St. Honorius of Canterbury has a feast day of September 30th every year.

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