- Brendan the Voyager
- Brendan McFinlugh
- Brendan of Clonfert
Son of Findloga; brother of Saint Briga. Monk. Educated by Saint Ita of Killeedy and Saint Erc of Kerry. Friend of Saint Columba and Saint Brendan of Birr, Saint Brigid, and Saint Enda of Arran. Ordained in 512. Built monastic cells at Ardfert, Shankeel, Aleth, Plouaret, Inchquin Island, and Annaghdown. Founded Clonfert monastery and monastic school c.559. Legend says that this community had at least three thousand monks, and that their Rule was dictated to Brendan by an angel.
Brendan and his brothers figure in Brendan’s Voyage, a tale of monks travelling the high seas of the Atlantic, evangelizing to the islands, possibly reaching the Americas in the 6th century. At one point they stop on a small island, celebrate Easter Mass, light a fire – and then learn the island is an enormous whale!
- Ardfert, Ireland, diocese of
- Clonfert, Ireland, diocese of
- Kerry, Ireland, diocese of
- priest celebrating Mass on board ship while fish gather to listen
- one of a group of monks in a small boat
Let the brothers and sisters now sing
Of the holy life of Brendan;
In an old melody
Let it be kept in song.
Let him pray that we may be saved
As we sail upon this sea.
Let him quickly aid the fallen
Oppressed with burdensome sin.
God the Father; Most High King
Breast-fed by a virgin mother;
Holy Spirit: when They will it,
Let Them feed us divine honey.
- “Saint Brendan the Navigator“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 August 2008. Web. 2 April 2015. <>