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Peter of Canterbury

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Our father among the [[saint]]s '''Peter of Canterbury''' was a [[monk]] and later [priest]] among the first group of missionaries sent to proselytize the Anglo-Saxons in England in the late sixth century. He was a companion of [[Augustine of Canterbury]]. He became the first [[abbot]] of the [[monastery]] at Canterbury that was first dedicated to Ss. [[Apostle Peter|Peter]] and [[Apostle Paul|Paul]], and later was re-dedicated as St. Augustine's monastery. His [[feast day]] is [[January 6]].
Little is known of Peter's early life. He is thought to be have been a native of Italy. He was member of the mission of forty monks led by St. Augustine that [[Gregory the Dialogist]], [[Pope]] of Rome, sent to Great Britain in the last years of the sixth century. The mission landed in Kent in 597 and soon made a [[conversion|convert]] of King Ethelbert of Kent. Ethelbert gave the mission the land that became the monastery of Ss. Peter and Paul, of which Peter was made the first abbot.
In late 600, Peter and [[Laurence of Canterbury|Laurence]] were sent back to Rome by Augustine to report their successes in Kent and to request more missionaries. They returned to Kent in 601, with replies by Gregory to questions that Augustine had Peter convey to Gregory.

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