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Saint Brendan

Born: c. AD 484 in Ciarraighe Luachra near Tralee County Kerry, Ireland

Died: c. AD 577 in Annaghdown, County Galway, Ireland

Venerated: Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Anglican Communion



Feast Day: May 16

Patronages: Boatmen; Divers; Mariners; Sailors; Travellers; Whales; Portaging Canoes
PLACES: Diocese of Clonfert; Diocese of Kerry

Brendan was born in 484 near Tralee on the west coast of Ireland. As a child he was placed in the care of Saint Ita and later under the supervision of Bishop Erc.

After education in a monastic school, Brendan was ordained by Bishop Erc. He then gathered a group of followers and started a community establishing a monastery at Clonfert around 559. It is said that his community had 3,000 monks and that his monastic Rule was dictated to him by an angel.

Brendan did not die at Clonfert. He had gone to visit his sister who governed a community at Enach Duin, and while there he died, probably in the year 577. He was buried at Clonfert and his feast is observed throughout Ireland.

PRAYER: Lord God, through Your servant Saint Brendan You conferred the grace of salvation on many. May we so imitate his virtue that we may bring others to Your service. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.