Astrik

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St. Astrik
Archbishop of Esztergom
Statue of Saint Astrik, Kalocsa.jpg
Archdiocese Archdiocese of Esztergom
Appointed 1007
Term ended 1036
Predecessor Sebestyén
Successor Domonkos II
Personal details
Died c. 1036
Denomination Roman Catholicism

Saint Astrik of Pannonhalma (also known as Anastasius, Astericus, Ascrick, Astrissicus) (d. ca. 1030/1040) is a saint of the 11th century.

Life[edit]

Radla was a Czech or Croat from Bohemia, who was a monk in Hungary. He probably received the habit at Brevnov, taking the name of Anastasius, of which Astrik is the equivalent.[1] Astrik accompanied Saint Adalbert in the latter's missionary work to the Bohemians and became the first abbot of Břevnov Monastery. When Adalbert failed to consolidate his position in Bohemia, and left Prague, Astrik Radla went to the Kingdom of Hungary to help the missionaries among the Magyars.[2]

He first served the wife of Duke Géza.[2] In 997 Astrik became the first abbot of the Benedictine abbey of St. Martin's (Pannonhalma Archabbey),[2] the first ecclesiastical institution in Hungary, founded by Géza.[1] He then served Géza's son, Stephen I of Hungary, and became the first archbishop of the Hungarian Church.

Astrik served as Stephen's ambassador to Pope Sylvester II.[3] The pope recognized Stephen as King of the Hungarians. Soon after Astrik's return Stephen was crowned by Astrik, with a royal crown sent by Pope Sylvester, granted no doubt at the instance of the Emperor Otto III, in 1001.[1]

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Astrik
Died: 1036
Religious titles
Preceded by
first
Bishop of Kalocsa
c. 1002–c. 1005
Succeeded by
himself
Archbishop of Kalocsa
c. 1005–1007
Succeeded by
Benedict I
Preceded by
Sebestyén
Archbishop of Esztergom
1007–1036
Succeeded by
Domonkos II