Sunday, 31 August 2008

Memorial of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne

St Aidan of Lindisfarne (the Apostle of Northumbria) is one of the saints celebrated today by Catholics everywhere. Here is something on this saint taken from Wikipedia:

- an Irishman - possibly born in Connacht
- a monk at the monastery on the Island of Iona in Scotland- sent as missionary to the kingdom of Northumbria
- founder and first bishop of the monastery on the island of Lindisfarne (close to the royal fortress of Bamburgh) in England
- by patiently talking to the people on their own level Aidan and his monks slowly restored Christianity to the Northumbrian communities.
- also took in English boys to train at the monastery in order to ensure that the area's future religious leadership would be English
- died on August 31 651 in the 17th year of his episcopate - died leaning against the buttress of a church on a royal estate near Bamburgh

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