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Columba, 521-597, Irish Missionary

Written by: Unknown    Posted on: 03/12/2003

Category: Biographies

Source: CCN

Columba 521-597 Irish missionary. Columba was born in Donegal, Ireland. Very little is known about his early life and education. He stud- ied at Celtic schools, and in 551 was ordained a priest. Later, in 563, at the age of 42, he and 12 of his followers sailed to Scotland, where he established a center of mission- ary activity at Iona. His labors resulted in reaching the en- tire island with Christianity.         His ministry contrasted sharply with that of Augustine, who later came to Britain, in that Augustine rep- resented the Roman church, while Columba was a product of the Celtic church of Britain. Revered by both Scotland and Ire- land as a great spiritual benefactor and saint, he was found dead beside the altar of a local church where he had been en- gaged in midnight prayer.         Many historians consider his work and ministry of promoting Christianity in the British Isles far greater than that of the first Archbishop of Canterbury.

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