Though he died fourteen hundred years ago, the words of Columbanus are as relevant today as they were in the sixth century. A poet, scholar, abbot and founder of monasteries throughout Europe, his legacy has inspired countless missionaries to follow in his path.
Compiled by Alexander O’Hara, with a foreword by Mary McAleese and introductory chapter by Fr Sean McDonagh, this beautiful selection of writings encapsulates the teachings of one of Ireland’s best-known saints, providing a fascinating insight into the mind of a provocative and groundbreaking missionary.
Dr Alexander O’Hara is a Research Fellow of the Institut für Mittelalterforschung in the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, and an Honorary Fellow of the School of History in the University of St Andrews. He is the translator with Ian Wood of Jonas of Bobbio’s Life of Columbanus and His Disciples and the Principal Investigator of the project ‘The Columbanian Network: Elite Identities and Christian Communities in Europe (550–750)’, funded by the Austrian Science Fund.