The conversion of the English to Christianity was begun in the year 597 by St. Augustine. A Benedictine monk, Augustine was sent by Pope Gregory the Great to carry the light of the Gospel to the English people.

The ruler of the Kingdom of Kent, Ethelbert, was converted to Christianity and made Augustine and his monks welcome by giving them a house in Canterbury.

Augustine’s way of life in Canterbury slowly began to make an impression on the English people and the town eventually became the centre of English Christianity.

Although Augustine and his monks were not responsible for the conversion of the whole of England, Augustine did dominate every sphere of the Church’s life in England.

Augustine died happy in the knowledge that his long journey had been worthwhile and his work richly blessed by God.