Pictorial Lives of the Saints – Saint Finian, Bishop

detail of a statue of Saint Fininan of Clonard; by the Studi Nicoli workshop in Italy, date unknown; Clonard, County Meath, Ireland; photographed on 26 August 2007 by Andreas F. Borchert; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Saint Finian was a native of Leinster, was instructed in the elements of Christian virtue by the disciples of Saint Patrick, and passed over into Wales; but about the year 520 he returned into Ireland. To propagate the work of God, our Saint established several monasteries and schools. Saint Finian was chosen and consecrated bishop of Clonard. In the love of his flock and his zeal for their salvation, he was infirm with the infirm, and wept with those that wept. He healed the souls, and often also the bodies, of those that applied to him. He departed to Our Lord on the 12th of December in 552.

MLA Citation

  • John Dawson Gilmary Shea. “Saint Finian, Bishop”. Pictorial Lives of the Saints, 1922. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 December 2018. Web. 8 May 2021. <>