Columba was born of a princely family on 7th December 521 in Co. Donegal, Ireland. From an early age, he was designated to a life in the Church and was tutored by St Finian of Moville. At 24 years of age he began founding monasteries in the north of Ireland – his clan area. Inspirational, fiery, sensitive, energetic – he was deeply involved in all areas of life. His first foundation was at Derry.
He wished to expand his mission, using as his base the part of Scotland already settled by his people – the kingdom of Dalriada (Argyll). He arrived on Iona in 563 establishing his monastery, which became the base for his mission to the other parts of Scotland and eventually Northern England. A great orator, a peacemaker, a man with a mission, Columba is one of the most influential figures in the foundation of Scotland.
Prayer to St Columba
“St Columba You were freed from the power of sin and took on the likeness of Our Lord Jesus Christ as the incessant preacher of his Kingdom and the bearer of his peace. Intercede for us that we may be filled with zeal for your Kingdom and may always be a people of peace Protect the Church of this diocese, placed under your patronage, that it may always be a sign of the presence of your Kingdom amongst us”.