St. Aidan of Lindisfarne
An Irish monk who had studied under St. Senan, at Iniscathay (Scattery
Island). He is placed as Bishop of Clogher by Ware and Lynch, but he resigned
that see and became a monk at Iona about 630. His virtues, however, shone so
resplendantly that he was selected (635) as first Bishop of Lindisfarne, and in
time became apostle of Northumbria. St. Bede is lavish in praise of the
episcopal rule of St. Aidan, and of his Irish co-workers in the ministry. Oswald,
king of Northumbria, who had studied in Ireland, was a firm friend of St. Aidan,
and did all he could for the Irish missioners until his sad death at Maserfield
near Oswestry, 5 August, 642. St. Aidan died at Bamborough on the last day of
August, 651, and his remains were borne to Lindisfarne. Bede tells us that
was a pontiff inspired with a passionate love of virtue, but at the same time
full of a surpassing mildness and gentleness. His feast is celebrated 31 August.
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