St. Thomas a Becket


 
St. Thomas a Becket Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 12/29


Patron Of: Clergy, Portsmouth, England, Secular Clergy

Also known as

    * Thomas Beckett
    * Thomas of Canterbury

Memorial

    * 29 December

Profile

    Of Norman ancestry. Educated at Merton Priory, Paris, Bologna, and Auxerre. Civil and canon lawyer. Soldier and officer. Archdeacon of Canterbury. Friend of King Henry II. Chancellor of England. Ordained on 2 June 1162 and appointed archbishop of Canterbury on 3 June 1162. Opposed the King‘s interference in ecclesiastical matters. Exiled several times. Martyr.

Born

    * 21 December 1118 at London, England

Died

    * murdered on 29 December 1170 in the Cathedral at Canterbury, England

Canonized

    * 21 February 1173 by Pope Alexander III

Patronage

    * clergy
    * Exeter College, Oxford, England
    * Portsmouth, England
    * secular clergy

Representation

    * archbishop with a wounded head
    * archbishop holding an inverted sword
    * archbishop kneeling before his murderers
    * archbishop being murdered in church
    * crosier with a battle-axe head at the top



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