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The Conversion of England. By Katherine, Kelly, and Makenzie. The Conversion Begins. It is not exactly known how the conversion happened. English Bishops were already present at the Council of Arles in France in 314.

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the conversion of england

The Conversion of England

By Katherine, Kelly, and Makenzie

the conversion begins
The Conversion Begins

It is not exactly known how the conversion happened.

English Bishops were already present at the Council of Arles in France in 314.

The spread suffered tremendous setbacks as invading Angles, Jutes, and Saxons pushed Christian communities to far Western England.

st augustine of canterbury
St. Augustine of Canterbury

Often overshadowed by St. Augustine of Hippo because they share the same name.

He is a giant in the Church’s history of evangelization.

He brought the Catholic faith to the pagan and violent Anglo-Saxons.

The date of his birth and early life are unknown.

He was a Benedictine monk.

He was asked by Pope St. Gregory to bring the Gospel message to England.

pope st gregory
Pope St. Gregory

He was a strong supporter for the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons especially in England.

He selected St. Augustine as his personal missionary to England when he became pope.

the mission continues
The Mission Continues

By the time St. Augustine made it to England, Christianity had already spread to limited areas.

Irish monks had already converted British Celts.

However, invading Saxons, Angles, and Jutes nearly annihilated the Celts in Britain and the Christian faith.

By the year 655, the Catholic Faith was firmly established in England by the missionary work of the Irish.

This was the year that the first native Englishman became Archbishop of Canterbury, St. Deusdedit.

the english tradition
The English Tradition

South of the Thames river, Christianity was more of a Roman tradition due to the mission of St. Augustine.

The Roman and Celtic traditions clashed especially over when to celebrate Easter.

The Synod of Whitby in 664, which was held in England, sought to reconcile the two traditions.

The Bishop of York led the party in favor of Roman tradition.

The English accepted Roman tradition.

Over time, the Church in England became especially united to the papacy and were identified most closely with the Church of Rome.

st bede
St. Bede

He was the most important Anglo-Saxon scholar of his time.

Much of his scholarly work became the standard subject matter in the Medieval curriculum.

He represents the finest example of English monasteries in the 7th and 8th centuries.

This is remarkable due to the fact that in 590 England was a Pagan and unconverted land.


Pope St. Gregory the Great

St. Augustine of Canterbury

St. Bede