|Baseball's Saint Ithamar|
What we know is that he was the first Anglo-Saxon bishop in Britain; that calls to mind some other national firsts, which include:
Jeanette Rankin (R-WY) - First Woman in the US Congress
Golda Meir -- First Woman to be Prime Minister of Israel
Indira Gandhi -- First Woman to be Prime Minister of India
Margaret Thatcher-- First Woman to be Prime Minister of Great Britain
Kim Campbell -- First Woman to be Prime Minister of Canada
Banazir Bhutto -- First Woman to be Prime Minister of Pakistan
Gene Robinson - First openly gay priest and bishop (in mainstream episcopate churches)
Nelson Mandela - First black president of the Republic of South Africa
Barack Obama -- First black president of the United States
|Bishop Gene Robinson - the gay Ithamar|
As you might have guessed, the early bishops of Britain were sent by Rome. Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury, was a native of Rome. He arrived in 597 and held the See until his death in 604. The next four archbishops of Canterbury were all part of his mission from Rome to England. In 604, the See of Rochester was created and the first three bishops were similarly all continental immigrants.
|The Female, Muslim Ithamar|
Jackie Robinson, by the way, had a career batting average of .311, placing him 88th on the all-time list. Ty Cobb heads the list with .366, but Don Mattingly, Matty Alou, Johnny Pesky, Hank Aaron, Willy Mays, Pete Rose, and Micky Mantle all finish with three-digit places. There's probably more to Ithamar, too. I wish Saint Bede had taken an extra thirty seconds to tell us about him.