St. Colman of Lindisfarne
The main defender of Celtic practice at the Synod of Whitby,
born c. 605 at Connaught. He became a monk at Iona and was chosen in 661
to succeed Finan as bishop of Lindisfarne. After Oswiu decided to adopt
Roman practice, Colmán resigned
as bishop and abbot. All the Irish monks
and thirty English monks from Lindisfarne travelled with him to Scotland,
where they established several churches and to Ireland, where they settled
at Inishboffin in Galway. In 671, a dispute over distribution of the
harvest arose among the Irish and English monks. Colmán established
of the Saxons for the English monks. He remained abbot of both monasteries
until his death five years later.
Karen Rae Keck
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