Saint of the Day

Saint Columba

Saint Columba

Another Saint of the Day for June 9

(c. 521 – June 9, 597)


¬†Saint Columba’s Story

St. Columba was most likely born  in Donegal Ireland. He moved to Leinster where he studied under Saint Finnian of Moville. He was ordained in 551 and spent 15 years setting up various foundations throughout Ireland. He left Ireland at the age of 42 and went to the island of Iona off the coast of Scotland where he and his disciples built a monastery which was to become world famous.

With Saints Canice and Comgall, he spread the Gospel to the Picts. He is credited with developing a monastic rule of life which was followed in many places until Saint Benedict’s Rule of life was introduced and became more common. He is also known as Colm, Colum, or Columcil. He died at Iona.


Saint Columba is the Patron Saint of:

Ireland
Poets