At Canterbury, about 604, in the monastery of Saints Peter and Paul, St. Augustine, bishop and abbot. Augustine was prior of St. Andrew’s monastery on the Coelian Hill when, in 596, Pope Gregory sent him as leader of a group of monks to bring Christianity to the Anglo-Saxons. King Ethelbert of Kent gave them a dwelling at Canterbury and freedom to preach. Ethelbert converted to Christianity, and Augustine was able to lay the foundations for the church in the east of England, modeling it on what he had known in Rome.
About 304, at Silistria in Bulgaria, St. Julius. Julius served in the Roman army for seven military campaigns. When he refused to sacrifice to the gods, he explained to the prefect: “It was Christ who died for our sins to give us eternal life. This same, man, Christ, is God and abides for ever and ever. Whoever believes in him will have eternal life.”
Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.