St. Kenan of Damleag, Bishop
(Cianan, Kea, Kay, Quay)
Died November 24, c. 489-500. In his youth Saint Kenan was one of the
50 hostages whom the princes of Ireland gave to King Leogair, but he was
later freed through the intercession of Bishop Kiaran. Like
Saint Patrick (f.d. March 17),
Kenan was an Irish bishop who was a disciple of
Saint Martin of Tours (f.d. November 11).
Returning to Ireland, he
preached successfully in Connaught, before moving on to Leinster and
then Owen, which was named for his maternal uncle, King Owen of Munster.
There he destroyed a pagan altar and built a Christian church in its
place. Kenan was the first bishop in Ireland to build his own cathedral
(Damleag or Duleek in Meath) of stone. His writing was acknowledged by
Saint Patrick to be better than his own
Troparion of St Kenan
As a witness to the steadfastness of the Faith of Christ,
erect to His glory Ireland's first cathedral of stone, O Hierarch Kenan,
where thou didst labour for the salvation of men's souls.
Wherefore O Saint, pray that our labours may be blessed and bear fruit
that many may be led into the Way of Salvation.
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