St Columban

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St Columban around 559. He was an Irish missionary notable for founding a number of monasteries on the European continent. Columban stands as an exemplar of Irish missionary activity in early medieval Europe. As a young man who was greatly tormented by temptations of the flesh, he sought the advice of a religious woman who had lived a hermit’s life for years. He died around 615 and is the patron of motorcyclists.

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Fr Anthony is a priest of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel, and is currently the Director of Identity and Mission at the Australian Catholic University.

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