Celtic Saint 7 February

St Mel, bishop (d. 487)

St Mael

Most of the accounts of the life of St. Mel (Mael) emphasize his connection to other saints, especially the two patron saints of Ireland, Patrick and Brigid. It is not known exactly when or where Mel was born, but it is recorded that his father’s name was Conis or Chonis and his mother’s name was Darerca. St. Darerca was a sister of St. Patrick and was known as the “mother of saints” because all of her children (seventeen sons and two daughters) entered religious life, all were later recognized as saints, and all of her sons became bishops.[…]