Columbanus - Rosanne Pappas

This year I've decided to sketch many of The Great Holy Men and Women of the Church. Come along with me on this journey as we get to know our elder brothers and sisters in faith.

"And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us," Heb 12:1


November 23

Columbanus [Gaelic: Colm Cille] [c.543 – 22 November 615] was an Irish missionary notable for founding a number of monasteries on the European continent from around 590 in the Frankish and Lombard kingdoms (modern day France and Switzerland) kingdoms. He is remembered as an exemplar of Irish missionary activity in early medieval Europe. In addition to evangelizing the Scottish tribes, Columbanus is noted for authoring a liturgical rite in Gaelic for the use of the Celtic peoples. Furthermore, he is credited with the development of the penitential practice of the private sacrament of Confession.

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