St. Augustine of Canterbury was born in Rome. He was a monk and abbot at St. Andrew’s Abbey in Rome. In 597, the pope sent him to the British Isles to evangelize along with about 40 other monks. St. Augustine was successful in spreading the faith and even converted a king, who in turn brought thousands into the church. The saint also helped reconnect the Celtic and Latin churches. St. Augustine, who died in 605, is patron saint of England.