Abbot of an Irish community. Following a series of Viking raids, he led his community to safer fields in Belgium. On 2 February 957 Columbanus became a hermit in the cemetery near the church of Saint Bavo, Ghent. He developed a wide reputation for holiness and attracted new followers. His name is in the litany to be recited in Belgium during public emergencies.
- “Saint Columbanus of Ghent“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 January 2010. Web. 27 August 2015. <>