Oil Dedicated to St Columbanus (Patron for Motorcyclists)
St Columbanus (Patron for Motorcyclists) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Columbanus or “Columbán” (543-615 CE) was one of the greatest missionaries of the early Catholic Church who led the “Hiberno-Scottish mission” of conversion across much of what is now Western Europe in the late 6th and early 7th century CE.
Although chiefly remembered as the founder of Bobbio Abbey in present-day Italy c. 612-614 CE, St. Columbanus also founded Luxeuil Abbey in present-day France. Columbanus was additionally a poet, writer, and scholar. He remains venerated in both the Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church, and is the Patron Saint of Motorcyclists. His feast day is on November 23 in Ireland and November 24 for Benedictines.
Early Life & Origins
Much of what we know about the life of St. Columbanus comes from an account of his life written by Jonas of Bobbio (c. 599-659? CE) an Italian monk who lived in the decades immediately following Columbanus’ death. Columbanus was a native of Leinster, Ireland, and he was first educated under Abbot Sinell of Cluaninis, whose monastery was on an island of the River Erne, in modern County Fermanagh.
St. Columbanus later elected to study at the monastery of Bangor in County Down, in what is now Northern Ireland. At Bangor, Columbanus received a comprehensive education, including Greek and Latin, under the tutelage of St. Comgall (c. 510-602 CE) who was the Abbot of Bangor Monastery. Despite being a very handsome man, Columbanus was serious in temperament and was noted for his love of scholasticism, debate, and learning. He reportedly thrived under the strict discipline enforced by St. Comgall at the monastery of Bangor, and this colored his personal habits for the rest of his life.