IN TODAY’S LIVES OF THE SAINTS AND MARYTRS A HERMIT WHO BECAME A BISHOP

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Winchester, VA – Born in 954, Alphege was destined first for the monastic life at Deerhurst monastery in Gloucester, England, and then for the hermitage near Somerset. While in Somerset, some men attached themselves to him, and would join him as monks when he and Saint Dunstan founded an abbey in Bath in the year 984. Alphege was abbot here, until he was appointed Bishop of Winchester later that year. He led an austere life during his two decades as bishop, and was instrumental in the conversion of the Danish chieftain to Christianity. In 1005, he became the archbishop of Canterbury and received the pallium from Pope John XVIII in Rome. Upon his return, he was captured by the invading Danes, and his ransom went unpaid. As a result, he was struck with an ax and killed. Saint Alphege, pray for us!


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Written by: Jennifer Snow


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