Celtic Catholic -St. Columba -26 November 2016

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Attributed to Lawrence OP -Stained glass detail from the east window by Kempe in St John the Evangelist’s in Cowley, Oxford. It is now the chapel of St Stephen’s House, and Anglican seminary.

Saint of the Day for November 26

St. Columba 521-597.

Born probably in Donegal, Ireland of royal descent he studied at Moville under St. Finnian then in Leinster at the monastery of Clonard under another St. Finnian.

 He was ordained before he was twenty-five and spent the next fifteen years preaching and setting up foundations at Derry, Durrow, and Kells. Possibly because of a family feud which resulted in the death of 3000 and for which he considered himself partly responsible he left Ireland at 42 and landed on the island of Iona off the coast of Scotland. There he built the monastery which was to become world famous.

With SS Canice and Comgall he spread the gospel to the Picts; he also developed a monastic rule which many followed until the introduction of St. Benedicts. He died on Iona on 9 June and is also known as Colm, Colum and Columcille.

 Stained glass detail from the east window by Kempe in St John the Evangelist’s in Cowley, Oxford. It is now the chapel of St Stephen’s House, and Anglican seminary.

Life of Columba from Wikipedia

Vita Columbae


From Franciscan Media

Saint Columban

Saint of the Day for November 26

(543 – November 21, 615)

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