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Stained glass window depicting Saint Kieran who founded the monasteries Inis Ainghin (left side) and Clonmacnoise (right side). Photo by Andreas F. Borchert

Feast of St. Kieran the Younger

(512 – 546 A.D.)

St. Kieran the Younger, also known as St. Ciaran, was born in Connacht, Ireland, the son of a carpenter. He demonstrated a great aptitude in his studies, being educated by a holy deacon who had him baptized. Kieran tended cattle in the fields before continuing his education at Saint Finnian’s monastery school at Clonard, where he became a monk. He soon earned the reputation for being the most learned monk at Clonard, and was held in high esteem by his instructors and peers. Kieran’s years of residence there were marked by many miracles. He also mentored, befriended, and tutored many of the founders of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Saint Kieran eventually left Clonard and went on to found the famous Clonmacnoise Abbey in West Meath Ireland, which attracted thousands of students from all over Europe. St. Kieran was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland – the first twelve bishops in Ireland consecrated by St. Patrick. He is also honored as the first Irish-born saint.
St. Kieran’s feast day is September 9th.
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The ruins of the school remain standing today. While the monastery survived the invasion of the Vikings and the Noman wars, most of if was later plundered and destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1552. The monastic treasures were dispersed with the Clonmacnoise Crozier, the staff of office, now found in the National Library of Ireland.”


Saint Kieran is remembered for his profound influence on higher education in Ireland.”

Icon of St Ciaran of Clonmacnoise, Uncut Mountain Supply


Saint Kieran the Younger, Apostle of Ireland, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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