Celtic Saints 11-18 Sept. re-posted 13 Sept. 17

11th St. Deiniol Gwyn,
Bishop of Bangor Fawr

(c.AD 535-584)
(Welsh-Deiniol, Latin-Dainiolus, English-Daniel)

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St. Deiniol Gwyn – © Nash Ford Publishing St. Deiniol Gwyn, Bishop of Bangor Fawr

Prince Deiniol the Blessed was a saintly man who appears to have already established himself in Gwynedd in the early 6th century, [Read here]


12th.St. Eanswythe of Folkestone, Abbess
(Eanswida, Eanswith(a), Eanswide, Eanswyth)

Died August 31, c. 640; this is probably a memorial of the translation of her relics; feast day at Saint Augustine, Canterbury, and Durham is celebrated on August 31.

From her infancy Saint Eanswythe, the daughter of King Eadbald of Kent and granddaughter of King Saint Ethelbert, found delight in prayer.[ read here]


13th September St. Wilfrida of Wilton, Abbess, Mother of Saint Edith and Abbess of Wilton, Who Repented of a Sinful Youth and Was Tonsured by St Ethelwold of Winchester (Wulfritha, Wulfthryth)


14th September St. Cormac of Cashel, King & Bishop


15th September St. Hernan of Brittany

Saint Hernan is related with the following religious titles Saint.

Hermit and Holy Patron Saint of Brittany, France Loc Horn, Hernan was A Briton who flee his fatherland when the area was conquered by the Anglo Saxon

Troparion of St Hernan tone 8
Devoting thy life to prayer and fasting, O Father Hernan,/ thou hast
bequeathed to us a legacy of Orthodox asceticism./ Pray to Christ our
God that we may be granted grace to emulate thy labours, O Saint,/ and
receive the reward of the blessed.


16th September – St. Ninian of Galloway, (+c. 432), Bishop, Missionary to Scotland, Apostle to the Picts, Abbot of Candida Casa (“White House”) Monastery, Bishop of Whithorn
(Nynia, Ninias, Rigna, Trignan, Ninnidh, Ringan, Ninus, Dinan)

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image:Saint Ninian as intercessor (“Ora pro nobis. Sancte Niniane”). Donor portrait in the Book of Hours of the Virgin and Saint Ninian

Bishop and confessor; date of birth unknown; died about 432; the first Apostle of Christianity in Scotland.

The earliest account of him is in Bede (Hist. Eccles., III, 4): “the southern Picts received the true faith by the preaching of Bishop Ninias, a most reverend and holy man of the British nation, who bad been regularly instructed at Rome in the faith and mysteries of the truth; whose episcopal see, named after St. Martin the Bishop, and famous for a church dedicated to him (wherein Ninias himself and many other saints rest in the body), is now in the possession of the English nation. The place belongs to the province of the Bernicians and is commonly called the White House [Candida Casa], because he there built a church of stone, which was not usual amongst the Britons”. The facts given in this passage form practically all we know of St. Ninian’s life and work.

The most important later life, compiled in the twelfth century by St. Aelred, professes to give a detailed account founded on Bede and also on a “liber de vita et miraculis eius” (sc. Niniani) “barbarice scriptus”, but the legendary element is largely evident. He states, however, that while engaged in building his church at Candida Casa, Ninian heard of the death of St. Martin and decided to dedicate the building to him. Now St. Martin died about 397, so that the mission of Ninian to the southern Picts must have begun towards the end of the fourth century.[more]


17th September Saint Brogan-Cloen, Abbot of Rostuirc.,

September 17 is, according to some sources, the feastday of Saint
Brogan-Cloen, Abbot of Rostuirc. He is the second of the authors who
composed a hymn to Saint Brigid to be commemorated this month.

The account of his life below has been taken from O’Hanlon’s Lives of the Irish Saints:

St. Brogan Cloen, Abbot of Rostuirc, in Ossory. [Seventh Century.]

Although by some, the present saint has been identified with a St. Brogan,
of Maethail-Bhrogain in Waterford , or Brocan the Scribe commemorated in the
Feilire of Oengus at the 8th of July yet is he to be distinguished, as the
author of an Irish Poem, in which are celebrated the life and virtues of the
great St. Brigid. It is possible the attribute of being a scribe, with the
accidental synonym applying to both, may have produced such an impression.
The Bollandists, apparently calling his cultus in question, still introduce
their notices of Broganus, at the 17th of September. This saint is also
called Bercan, Brechan, Brecan and Brocan. In Latin, his name is usually
written Berchanus, Broganus or Broccanus.[ more]


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St. Hybald’s church, Ashby de la Launde

18th September Hybald of Bardney (d. 690)

St. Hybald, a Benedictine Abbot of Bardney, is known under various names (Higbald, Hibald, Hygbald). He is relatively unknown, save for a few passages of reference in Venerable Bede’s  Ecclesiastical History. Hybald is also called Hybald of Lindsey, though not in association with the episcopal see of Lindsey, but of the old Kingdom of Lindsey, a sub-kingdom of Northumbria situated between Witham and the Humber rivers. Lindsey was one of the most ancient of the Saxon kingdoms, already on decline by the time the mission of Augustine arrived.

According to St. Bede, Hybald was a companion or disciple of St. Chad of Mercia and became a monk due to the holy example of Chad. He is associated with the monastery and church of Bardney in Lincolnshire. Bardney seems to have originally been a missionary church of St. Chad founded in the Lincolnshire fens, and Hybald was its first abbot. Bede tells us that he was exceedingly abstemious in his behavior and was constantly speaking of the deeds of the fathers, both the desert fathers and those of England. He was buried at the shrine of Hibaldstow, a place that literally means “Hygbald is buried here” (pictured at left), which became a popular pilgrimage site throughout the Middle Ages.[more]