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St. Colman of Lindisfarne

VII Century
The main defender of Celtic practice at the Synod of Whitby, Colmán was 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 Mayo 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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