Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, 690
19th September 2015
St Theodore (c.602-690) was born in Tarsus (now in Turkey, but then part of the Greek-speaking Eastern Empire) and studied at Antioch in Constantinople; eventually he joined a community of Eastern monks in Rome. He was the surprise choice of Pope St Vitalian as Archbishop of Canterbury, taking possession of the See on 27 May 669. His episcopal period proved to be an important one: he presided over a council of the whole English Church at Hertford in 672, he established an influential school for clergy at Canterbury (he was a remarkably learning man), intervened in the dispute between St Wilfrid and St Chad, created new dioceses and promoted reform of the Church.
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