St. Aedan of Ferns

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 1/31

Patron Of: Ferns, Ireland, Wexford, Ireland

Also known as

    * Aeddan Foeddog
    * Aedh-og
    * Aidan
    * Aidus
    * Hugh
    * Maedoc
    * Maodhóg
    * Mo-Aedh-og (= my dear Aedh)
    * Moedhog
    * Mogue


    * 31 January


    Son of Eithne and Sedna, chief of Connaught. A widespread reputation for sanctity brought him potential disciples in his youth; he fled to Kilmuine, Wales to escape them. He became one of Saint David‘s most faithful disciples. He returned to Ireland in 580 with a band of disciples, including Saint Caillan and settled at Brentrocht, Leinster. Founded 30 churches and several monasteries in that district, the greatest being Ferns in Wexford, built on land given him by Brandubh, King of Leinster. First bishop of Ferns c.598; the episcopal seat of Ferns is now at Enniscorthy, where there is a beautiful cathedral dedicated to Aedan. Miracle worker. Late in life he retired to live as a prayerful monk.


    * c.550 at Inisbrefny, Templeport, County Cavan, Ireland


    * 31 January 632 at Ferns, Ireland of natural causes


    * Pre-Congregation


    * Ferns, Ireland, diocese of
    * Wexford, Ireland


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