Picture of Stained Glass Window at Church of St. Finnian, here
he is blessing his students.
St. Finnian of Clonard
founded the Monastic School in Meath where all the "Cool Clerics" of Sixth
Century Ireland went to study. St. Finnian's most famous students became
known as the Twelve Apostles of Ireland.
The Catholic Encyclopedia lists them for you, I'd do that too, but then the
Crossword Puzzle below would be Too Easy.
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Below is the entry on St. Finnian from the Saints.SQPN.com site
A pious youth, he founded three churches in
Ireland while still a
Cadoc of Llancarvan and
Gildas the Wise.
Monk. Great admirer of
Patrick. Considered one of the great founders of
monasticism. Founded the
which lasted a thousand years, and was a training center for great
saints. Spiritual teacher of
Columba of Iona,
Columba of Terryglass,
Ciaran of Clommacnois,
Brendan the Voyager,
Ruadhan of Lorrha,
Daig MacCairaill, and others. Maintained close relations with the British
Church. Often referred to as a
bishop, there is no evidence he was ever so consecrated.
Legend attributes many
Birds would gather around him because of his gentle holiness. Reported to
have cleared parasitic
insects, worms and vermin from the island of Flathlom and the regions of
Nantcarfan. One story says that he fended off a party of
Saxon raiders by causing an
earthquake to swallow their camp.
Below is the entry on St. Finian of Clonard at CatholicOnline.org:
The “Teacher of the Irish Saints.” He was born in Myshall, in County Carlow,
Ireland. Trained by Sts. Cadoc and Gildas in Wales, Finian returned to
where he built schools, monasteries, and churches. Clonard at
his most famous foundation, and under his direction it became a renowned
scriptural school. He is listed as a bishop, but it is possible that he was
not consecrated in the office.
was one of his students, as he trained the “Twelve
Ireland” at Clonard. He died there during a plague.