BRENDAN the Navigator
                    May 16                                                                                               Patron of:
                                                                                                                    Boatmen, mariners, sailors,
                                                                                                                          watermen, whales

SAINT Brendan was born in Ciarraighe Luachra, near Tralee in County Kerry in 484. It is said Bishop Erc baptized him at Tubrid, near Ardfert. Saint Ita supervised his earlier education, and he completed his later studies under St. Erc, who ordained him as a priest in 512.

He started monastic communities. This work took place over a period of almost 30 years.

He loved the sea and began a seven year voyage of the Atlantic accompanied by 60 other monks evangelizing the islands.  He became famous for being a missionary voyager. His travels took him to Wales, Scotland, France, Britain where he evangelized and built monasteries

Saint Brendan died in 577 in the convent of his sister Briga at Enachduin, now Annaghdown. He is said to be interred in a grave facing the front door of the Cathedral in Clonfert.

God of sea and land, you endowed your servant Brendan with a bold and adventurous spirit, to occupy himself for your business on the great waters, and revealed to him your wonders in the deep. Make us, who recall with thanksgiving his life and ministry, zealous to be pioneers and pilgrims for the faith of Christ. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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