Deusdedit was from Wessex, and was the first Anglo-Saxon to be made Archbishop of Canterbury. His name means ‘God has given’. He founded a monastery for women on the Isle of Thanet and helped with that of Peterborough in 657. On his death, probably of the plague in 664 he was considered a saint. His grave in St Augustine’s Abbey lies alongside those of Sts Lawrence, Mellitus and Justus but is not marked with his name. His shrine however lasted until the Reformation.
Saint Deusdedit Bishop
Reposed 664 Remembered July 14