Columba Luxeuil, Columba of Bobbio, Columban Luxeuil, Columbanus of Bobbio, Saint Columban
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November 21, 615
A firm believer in honesty and fairness, Saint Columbanus got into trouble with the royal house.
Determined to share his religious views, he traveled around Europe to evangelize and build monasteries.
Columbanus (540 – 23 November 615; Irish: Columbán, meaning "the white dove") was an Irish missionary notable for founding a number of monasteries on the European continent from around 590 in the Frankish and Lombard kingdoms, most notably Luxeuil (in present-day France) and Bobbio (Italy), and stands as an exemplar of Irish missionary activity in early medieval Europe.
He spread among the Franks a Celtic monastic rule and Celtic penitential practices for those repenting of sins, which emphasized private confession to a priest, followed by penances levied by the priest in reparation for the sin. He is also one of the earliest identifiable Hiberno-Latin writers.