An Irish Monk in Scotland

Posted June 9, 2019 11:58 pm by John Paul Meenan, Editor

An Irish Monk in Scotland

If it ’twere not Pentecost Sunday – the second highest liturgical celebration in the Church’s calendar (see Pater Ignotus’ reflection), and a blessed one indeed to all our readers – we would ordinarily celebrate in our particular diocese today the feast of Saint Columbkille (521-597), an Irish monk from Donegal on the wild west coast of the emerald isle, whose Gaelic name means ‘dove of the Church’, a name which does not, ironically, fit either his historical appearance or demeanour.   Columbkille is described as being of huge stature, with a strong, athletic build and a booming, melodious voice that

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