St. Brendan the Navigator


 
St. Brendan the Navigator Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 05/16


Patron Of: Boatmen, Ireland, Mariners, Navigators, Sailors, Seafarers, Travelers, Yachtsmen

Also known as

    * Borodon the Navigator
    * Brandan the Navigator
    * Brendain McFinlugh
    * Brendan the Voyager

Memorial

    * 16 May

Profile

    Brother of Saint Briga. Monk. Educated by Saint Ita of Killeedy and Saint Erc of Kerry. Friend of Saint Columba and Saint Brendan of Birr, Saint Brigid, and Saint Enda of Arran. Ordained in 512. Built monastic cells at Ardfert, Shankeel, Aleth, Plouaret, Inchquin Island, and Annaghdown. Founded Clonfert monastery and monastic school c.559. Legend says that this community had at least three thousand monks, and that their Rule was dictated to Brendan by an angel.

    Brendan and his brothers figure in Brendan’s Voyage, a tale of monks travelling the high seas of the Atlantic, evangelizing to the islands, possibly reaching the Americas in the 6th century. At one point they stop on a small island, celebrate Easter Mass, light a fire – and then learn the island is an enormous whale!

Born

    * 460 at Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland

Died

    * c.577 at Annaghdown (Enach Duin)
    * buried at Clonfert, Ireland

Canonized

    * Pre-Congregation

Patronage

    * boatmen
    * Clonfert, Ireland, diocese of
    * Kerry, Ireland, diocese of
    * mariners
    * sailors
    * travellers
    * watermen
    * whales

Representation

    * priest celebrating Mass on board ship while fish gather to listen
    * whale
    * one of a group of monks in a small boat



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