- St. Anselm was named Archbishop of Canterbury in 1070 and immediately became at odds with King William. King William fought against any Church reform that St. Anselm suggested.
- King William forced St. Anselm of Canterbury into exile in 1097.
- After the death of King William in 1100, King Henry I asked St. Anselm to return to Canterbury. When King Henry told St. Anselm to pay him homage, Anselm refused and the conflict with the royalty began once again.
- In 1103, St. Anselm of Canterbury went into exile to Lyon. In 1105, St. Anselm threatened King Henry with excommunication and a truce between them was agreed upon but Anselm did not return to England.
- Saint Anselm of Canterbury died on April 21, 1109 at the age of 75.
- The feast of St. Anselm of Canterbury is celebrated on April 21.
St. Anselm of Canterbury Prayer
Almighty God, who raised up your servant Anselm to teach the Church of his day to understand its faith in your eternal Being, perfect justice, and saving mercy: Provide your Church in every age with devout and learned scholars and teachers, that we may be able to give a reason for the hope that is in us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
A Prayer of Anselm
I pray that I may so know you and love you
that I may rejoice in you.
And if I may not do so fully in this life
let me go steadily on
to the day when I come to that fullness ...
Let me receive
That which you promised through your truth,
that my joy may be full