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St. Flannan

Feast Day: December 18
Born/Died: (in the seventh century)

Flannan was born at Thomond in Ireland. He was the son of an Irish chieftain named Turlough. Flannan was educated by the monks and was the student of the monk St. Molua.

Although his family was against it, Flannan became a monk and went as a missionary preaching throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Herbides.

Flannan then decided to make a pilgrimage to Rome and there, Pope John IV made him a bishop. The pope did this because he saw great wisdom and holiness in Flannan.

When St. Flannan returned to Ireland, all the people of Killaloe, came to meet him. They were eager to learn the instructions the saint had brought back from the pope of Rome.

St. Flannan taught his people so well that even his father decided to become a monk. The old chieftain went to St. Colman to be instructed in the life of a monk.

At the same time, he asked for a blessing for his family, since three of his sons had been killed. St. Colman predicted: "From you shall seven kings spring." And so it happened.

St. Flannan was afraid that since he was one of the family, he, too, might be made king. So he prayed to become ugly, and his face was soon covered with big scars and rashes.

He made this unusual request because he wanted to be free to follow his vocation. He wanted to give himself completely to the service of God and his people.

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