Saint Adrian of Canterbury – Feast Day – January 9

Today is Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Saint Adrian of Canterbury was born between 630 and 637 AD in North Africa. He lived as a scholar and as an Abbot of Saint Peter’s and Paul’s in Canterbury. He died in 709 AD and was buried in his monastery in Canterbury, England. His feast day is celebrated on January 9.

Saint Adrian of Canterbury Biography

Date of Birth Presumably between 630 and 637 AD
Country of Birth North Africa
Profession Abbot of St Augustine’s Abbey in Canterbury
Place of Work Canterbury, England
Date of Death 709 AD
Place of Death Canterbury, England
Feast Day January 9
Beatification N/A
Canonization By Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of Libya

Saint Adrian of Canterbury’s Life History

Adrian was born presumably between 630 and 637 AD in North Africa, Anglo-Saxon England. Not much of his childhood history or family background has come to light but it is evident that he was an intellect as it is said that he was fluent in Greek and Latin.

His whereabouts come to light when it is said that he declined the position of archbishopric, twice, offered to him by Pope Vitalian and instead, first recommends the honor to a monk in the nearby monastery, who modestly declines and then to his friend Theodore of Tarsus, who then willingly accepts the offer. He was however instructed to accompany Theodore to Rome, then made their way to the north of France.

Adrian was once detained by Ebrion, under the motion that he may be an emissary for the Greek Empire, sent to stir up trouble, but after the claims seemed falsely placed, he was freed and he proceeded to England. There, he was made abbot of Saint Peter’s and Paul’s abbey at Canterbury. Under his direction, the monastery gained influence and respect as he was famous for being fluent in Greek and Latin, an excellent instructor and administrator as well as being greatly affiliated with the Bible.

Adrian was described as a distinguished theologian as he was known to have traveled the island, instructing scholars and multitudes on the truths of religion and also literature and sciences. He ruled the monastery for about 39 years and he died in 709 AD and was buried in his monastery.

Saint Adrian of Canterbury’s Birth

He was born between 630 and 637 AD in North Africa.

Saint Adrian of Canterbury’s Death

He died in 709 AD and was buried in his monastery in Canterbury, England.

Saint Adrian of Canterbury’s Profession

He lived as a scholar and as an Abbot of Saint Peter’s and Paul’s in Canterbury.

Saint Adrian of Canterbury’s Nationality

He was African in Nationality.

Ethnicity

He was Berber, a North-African native tribe.

Canonization

He was canonized pre-congregation.

Saint Adrian of Canterbury’s Feast Day

His feast day is celebrated on January 9.

Major Shrines

His major shrine is the Saint Peter’s and Paul’s Abbey, which was afterwards named St. Augustine’s, in Canterbury, England.

Saint Adrian of Canterbury is the Patron Saint of

He is the patron saint of Libya.

Saint Adrian of Canterbury Feast Day
Saint Adrian of Canterbury Feast Day


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