St. Thomas Becket - Display Board 988
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Artwork by the Benedictine Sisters of Turvey Abbey.
Thomas, Bishop and Martyr (1118 - 1170). Also known as Saint Thomas of Canterbury (See FM988B & FM988D).
Feastday is observed on 29th December
Born a Londoner, he rose to be Chancellor of England under Henry II and
later Archbishop of Canterbury. This consecration initiated a religious
conversion in Thomas. Disputes with Henry II led him to exile in France
for seven years. He returned to Canterbury to an uncertain future and
was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral 29th December 1170, he was declared
a saint just three years later.
He is honoured as patron of pastoral clergy in England.
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