Monday, May 19, 2008
St. Dunstan of Canterbury
Dunstan (c. 909 - 19 May 988), of England was an abbot, bishop then Archbishop of Canterbury from 960-988. As abbot he began Benedictine monasticism at Glastonbury (Rule of St. Benedict). On his deathbed he is reported as saying, "He hath made a remembrance of his wonderful works, being a merciful and gracious Lord: He hath given food to them that fear Him." Dunstan was canonized a saint and is venerated in the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches.
As a Lutheran I am not very familiar with his name and happened to come upon it only a few days ago as I was looking at a possible ancestry connection of one who was certified for travel via the Stepney Parish, Middlesex, London. This parish, more than a thousand years old, was eventually dedicated to St. Dunstan and All Saints. The ancestry question remains unresolved but what is certain in this search, unrelated to this day except for the parish dedication, is the year (1635) and the final destination (Plymouth, Massachusetts).