Thu, 23 Nov|
St. Martin's Chapel at St Mary's
Saint Columbanus: The Duties of the Leader
On the eve of Saint Columbanus' feast day, Dr. Damian Bracken explores the writings of the Saint Columbanus, his impact, his expression of Irish identity and his attitudes to spiritual authority. Join us for a fascinating presentation and discussion followed by light refreshments.
Time & Location
23 Nov 2023, 19:30 – 20:30
St. Martin's Chapel at St Mary's , Popes Quay, Shandon, Cork, Ireland
About the Event
St Columbanus (†615), is a man of firsts: the first Irish writer to leave a collection of writings, to give an account of Irish identity, and the first Irishman to be the subject of a biography. Born in Leinster, he rose to prominence as master in the great monastery of Bangor until, secure and middle-aged, he left Ireland forever circa 591 for continental Europe. There he established a succession of monasteries, some of which grew into the dominant cultural and spiritual centres of their regions.
Join Dr. Damian Bracken, senior lecturer in Medieval History at University College Cork for a fascinating discussion considering Columbanus’s impact, his expression of his Irish identity, and his attitudes to spiritual authority as conveyed in his letters.