ADRIAN (St.) Abbot. (Jan. 9) (8th cent.) An African by birth who embraced the religious life as a Benedictine in Italy and was sent to England with the famous Saint Theodore, by Pope Saint Vitalian. Saint Adrian succeeded Saint Benet Biscop as Abbot of Canterbury. He was a man not only of saintly life, but also of great learning and conspicuous ability. He founded in England several schools for the education of vouth. He died A.D. 710.