Augustine was an Italian monk who was living a quiet life as the head of a group of monks in Rome. All that changed when his friend, Pope Gregory decided that Augustine was just the person to take leadership of the Christian faith in Britain.
Augustine and his missionary team of 30 monks started from Rome on their journey. When they got as far as Provence, in southern France, they heard some frightening tales. Britain, they were told, was still a place of uncivilized tribes. The monks convinced Augustine to tell Gregory the trip was a bad idea. But Gregory said he wished he could join them himself, and he was sure that the time was right.
It turned out that Gregory was correct. After several years, King Ethelbert of Kent in England was baptized. His people followed his example. Before long the English people would themselves be sending out missionaries. Augustine worked among the English for eight years before he died. He is honored as the apostle of England.
St. Augustine of Canterbury, pray for us.