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Saint Brendan

Saint Brendan

Another Saint of the Day for May 16


Saint Brendan’s Story

Born possibly in Tralee, Ireland, and educated by Saint Ita and ordained by Bishop Erc, he became a monk and founded a large monastery at Clonfert. Many fantastic details have been added to this brief knowledge usually based on the fictional “Navagation” in which he is described as searching for the Isles of the Blessed, touching the Canaries, and even discovering America. It is possible that he actually made visits to Scotland and Wales.


Saint Brendan proves that you don’t have to be well known to be a saint. Most of us aren’t that well known, but we are called to be saints.

Saint Brendan is the Patron Saint of: