Day: 23rd September Patron Saint: Diocese of Raphoe, Ireland
Saint Adamnan was an Abbot
and a scholar. He was renowned for his work on St Columba, founder of the Iona
community where Adamnan was an Abbot, who allegedly was also a distant relative.
This work described the Saints Prophecies, Miracles and Visions.
a visit to Northumbria, he started to follow the Roman rules for determining
Easter, however, he failed to enforce them at Iona. He then travelled extensively in Ireland,
changing their method to the Roman rules. He was founder of the Abbey of Raphoe
which he presided over for some years.
reforms to help protect children and clerics and improving the conditions of woman,
particularly by excluding them from military service, were a primitive version
of the Geneva Convention and were known as the Law of the Innocents.
also wrote “De Locis Sactis” (Concerning the Sacred Places), a book about Bishop
Arculf’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land c 680, in which he was driven by storms to
Britain where he became a guest of Adamnan.