He was the great apostle of England, sent there by Saint Gregory the Great in 597. He brought forty Benedictine monks with him. On the Christmas Day after he arrived he baptized ten thousand Englishmen. Even King Ethelbert was converted. This was the beginning of the great age of the Catholic Faith in England, once a country so devout and loyal to the true Faith, and so lovingly prayerful toward the Blessed Virgin Mary that it was called as a land, “Our Lady’s Dowry.” The best traditions of England are all Catholic. No heretic has been able completely to destroy them.