The Journey of the Crosier: on English soil 

CoastlineSt Augustine arrived (like Julius Caesar, the legions of Claudius, and the Saxons Hengest and Horsa) at the Isle of Thanet, where he was met by King Ethelbert of Kent. His wife was a Frank and a Christian and had been allowed a church in Canterbury (St Martin’s, still an active church and the oldest parish church in England). It was in Canterbury that Augustine set up his mission, became Bishop, and then was promoted to Archbishop.
We have taken the more pedestrian route into England (or, rather, less pedestrian route, if we’re being pedantic), but the head of the crozier which has been associated with St Gregory the Great for so long is now on English soil, which his vision helped reconvert to Christianity. Now, like St Augustine, we head to Canterbury – though he didn’t have the English rush-hour to wrestle with.


Marcus Walker, 15/01/2016