23 November-St Columbanus

St Columbanus is commemorated in a stained glass window in the Church of Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Myshall, Co Carlow, Ireland. St Columbanus is regarded a key figure in Irish missionary activity in early medieval Europe. He is traditionally believed to have been born near the village of Myshall in 543 AD.

Having studied at various locations including Bangor Abbey in Co Down, Columbanus left Ireland for the Continent in 585 AD. He established several monasteries including Luxeuil in France and Bobbio in Italy. St Columbanus died on November 21st 615 at Bobbio. He is buried in the crypt at Bobbio Abbey. The Columbans (Missionary Society of St. Columban) is dedicated to St. Columbanus.

The Feast Day of St Columbanus, who is believed to have been born near the village of Myshall, Co Carlow, Ireland in 543 AD,  is celebrated every year On This Day.

Image from page 253 of “Lives of the Irish saints : with special festivals, and the commemorations of holy persons, compiled from calendars, martyrologies and various sources, relating to the ancient Church history of Ireland” (1875) by Internet Archive Book Images on 1875-01-01 00:00:00

Bobbio – Abbazia di San Colombano – Facciata by bibendum84 on 2010-03-12 13:33:36

Duomo di Bobbio (PC) – Interno by Giovanni_Ve on 2011-03-11 15:57:11

 

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