Thomas Becket was born in London in 1118.  A cleric of the diocese of Canterbury, he first became chancellor to the king and then in 1162 was chosen bishop.  His tireless defense of the rights of the Church against Henry II prompted the king to exile Becket to France for six years.  After returning to his homeland, he endured many trials and in 1170 was murdered by agents of the king.

FEAST DAY- December 29