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Also known as Alphege. Born to noble and virtuous parents, he entered the monastery of Derherste in Gloucester at an early age. He left to become a hermit at Bath. He was appointed Abbot there and enforced a strict rule. Despite his objections, he was appointed Bishop of Winchester. He eliminated poverty in his diocese through his aid to the poor. He was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury by Pope John XVIII in Rome. The Danes were pillaging the country and the Archbishop hastened to the scenes of pillaging and killing and tried to turn the cruelty of the pagans to himself. His cathedral was burned and he had to endure great tortures and was put in prison for months. He refused to use the goods of his church for his ransom so he was put to death while he prayed for his enemies. He died April 19, 1012.
FEAST DAY: April 19