Saint Columba

Colmcille, Columkill
Born: 7 December, 521
Dead: 9 Juni, 597

A sixth-century Irish abbot and missionary evangelist of the family of the kings of Ulster. With twelve followers, he left Ireland and evangelized Scotland, founding 300 religious houses there. The first, that on the island if Iona, was founded in 563 AD, which became a religious and political institution.

According to Glennie, Columba was supposed to possess prophetic power.

Phyllis McGinley, who calls him “Ireland’s most typical saint”, gives a physical description from old chronicles: tall, fair-skinned, dark-haired, gray-eyed, and with a melodious, far-sounding voice. She also retells the tale of why he left Ireland – in self-banishment for the horror of having started a war over his right to copy a book.

He is the patron saint of Derry, a city where he founded a monastic settlement in c. 540. He is regarded as one of three Patron Saints of Ireland, and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland.