Laurence of CanterburySaint Laurence of Canterbury
(d. February 3
) was the second Archbishop of Canterbury
. He arrived at Thanet
with St. Augustine
as part of the missionary
effort dispatched from Rome
. He was sent back to Pope Gregory I
to report on the successes in Kent in converting King Ethelbert
. He succeeded Augustine to the See
of Canterbury around 604
and ruled until his death. He was succeeded as Archbishop
, the bishop
During Laurence's reign, Ethelbert died (616) and his son Eadbald returned to the old faiths and many prominent missionaries fled to Gaul. But Laurence managed to reconvert him. The tale is that Laurence had been prepared to give up when he was visited by St. Peter in a vision, who chastised him and whipped him. The marks of the whipping remained and the display of them to Eadbald effected his conversion.
On his death he was buried in St. Peter's Abbey church, later renamed St. Augustine's. His festival is on February 3.