Who is St. Brendan the Navigator?



St. Brendan is an early Irish monastic saint and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. Scholars are unsure, but Saint Brendan may have been born in Tralee, County Kerry Ireland in AD 484. Saint Ita played a role in his education, and Bishop Erc ordained him. He also became a monk at Clonfert. That is all we know for sure. Alegendary book entitled Navigation had him searching for the “Isles of the Blessed” going even so far as the Canary Islands and America. At most, it is believed, he may have traveled to Scotland and Wales. His Feast Day is May 16.

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The Prayer of Saint Brendan the Navigator

Help me to journey beyond the familiar
and into the unknown.

Give me the faith to leave old ways and break fresh ground with You.

Christ of the mysteries, I trust You to be stronger than each storm within me.

I will trust in the darkness and know that my times, even now, are in Your hand.

Tune my spirit to the music of heaven, and somehow, make my obedience count for You.