Oil Dedicated to St Enda
St Enda from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Enda, also known as St. Endeus, was a sixth-century Irish monk who played a significant role in spreading Christianity throughout Ireland. Born in Connaught, Ireland, in 475 AD, St. Enda was the son of a local chieftain. He was raised in a pagan household and trained in the art of war, but he felt a strong calling to pursue a religious life.
At the age of 16, St. Enda traveled to Scotland, where he studied under St. Ninian, a prominent Christian missionary. He spent several years there, learning about the Christian faith and honing his skills as a scholar and teacher.
In 498 AD, St. Enda returned to Ireland and settled on the Aran Islands off the west coast of the country. He founded a monastery on Inishmore, the largest of the three islands, and began preaching the Gospel to the local population.
St. Enda’s reputation as a holy man quickly spread, and many people attracted to his monastery. He and his followers established a strict monastic community, living in small stone huts and dedicating themselves to prayer, fasting, and manual labor.
Under St. Enda’s guidance, the monastery on Inishmore became a center of learning and scholarship. Many of his disciples went on to found other monasteries throughout Ireland, spreading Christianity even further.
St. Enda died in 530 AD and buried on Inishmore. His legacy lived on, however, and the monastery he founded continued to thrive for many centuries. Today, the Aran Islands a popular tourist destination. St. Enda remembered as one of Ireland’s most important early Christian leaders.