ST. COLUMBANUS – Patron of Motorcyclists
Columbanus, one of the earliest identifiable Hiberno-Latin writers, rejected the idea of easy access to worldly pleasures and led a life as a missionary. He gained such loyalty as a foreign missionary that he ran into conflict with several bishops and corrupt officials. Travelling to France, the Alps, and Italy, he was known for several miraculous healings as well as the 12-part Rule of Saint Columbus. It is said that a bear occupied a cave needed by Columbanus for prayer, and upon being asked to leave, the bear left. It is also said that he tamed a bear, and yoked it to a plough when a monastery needed help in their fields.
b. 543 AD Leinster, Republic of Ireland
d. 11/21/615 AD Bobbio, Italy
Patronage: Motorcyclists, Floods
Feast Day: November 23
Memorial Day Nov 23