The Apostles of Ireland


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The Apostles of Ireland

  1. 1. By Apostle Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino, Ph.D., D.D.Apostle in Office, Apostolic Fellowship InternationalMinistriesChancellor, Apostolic University© 2011 Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino. All rights reserved. THE APOSTLES OF IRELAND
  2. 2. Why learn about apostles beyondthe New Testament? • Provides concrete evidence that the office of the Apostle HAS NOT CEASED and shall remain until the time Jesus returns • Shows a continuity of history; even though they may not have been on the radar of common or popular church study, apostles have always been a foundational element to building and expanding God’s church • If there are apostles, the rest of the five-fold ministry has always existed, as well
  3. 3. Who were the Apostles ofIreland?• They were individuals who came out of themonastic movement, having studied underFinnian’s monastic school• Although regarded as “monastics,” the Apostlesof Ireland worked as apostles did, not monastics– they travelled, preached the Gospel,established churches, and trained leaders• They lived during the sixth century•There were a total of fourteen of these apostles
  4. 4. Apostle Finnian of Clonard  470-549  The foundational apostle by which the others were educated  Founder, Clonard Abbey (known for its education and instruction  Average number of scholars under instruction was 3,000  Considered one of the founders of Irish monasticism  Known for preaching from place to place and founding churches
  5. 5. Apostle Ciaran of Saighir  “Ciaran the Elder;” sometimes spelled “Kieran”  d. 530 (natural causes)  Believed to be the first saint born in Ireland  Bishop of Ossory  One of four to proceed St. Patrick as a bishop in Ireland  Left Ireland to work in the church elsewhere; most likely received education in France and Rome  Returned to Ireland to live as a hermit; found instead multitudes of followers and people in need of education  Known for many miracles
  6. 6. Apostle Ciaran ofClonmacnoise  “Ciaran the Younger;” sometimes spelled “Kieran”  d. somewhere around 546 in his early thirties (yellow fever)  Teacher  Church founder  Built an educational monastery
  7. 7. Apostle Brendan of Birr  d. 573  Companion of Apostle Brendan of Clonfert  We will speak of him next  Student  Monk  Later, an abbot
  8. 8. Apostle Brendan of Clonfert  “The Navigator,” “The Voyager,” “The Bold”  484-577  Started out building monastic cells after ordination  Set out with sixty other monks and church leaders to evangelize and build churches  Travelled in a leather boat – crossing the Atlantic, reaching as far as the North American continent  Has been proven the voyage was both possible and likely (somewhere between 512 and 530)  Saw St. Brendan’s Island (eighth Canary Island off the coast of North Africa)  Later travelled to Wales, Scotland, and Iona, and continued to work in evangelism  Established a monastery and is founder of Clonfert Cathedral, in which he installed the pastor
  9. 9. Apostle Columba of Terryglass  d. 522 (the plague)  Took over as teacher and instructor for Apostle Finnian when he became ill
  10. 10. Apostle Columba of Iona  “Dove of the Church” and “Black Bear”  521-597  Involved in a debate over a copied Psalter and his asserted right to keep it  Many fought and died over this issue  Worked in evangelistic efforts in Scotland for the Picts (a native Celtic group)  Had an audience with the king  Although he didn’t gain the king’s conversion, he was highly influential in the politics of his day  First and sole literacy educational source  Founder of several churches  Changed his monastery into a school for missionaries  Wrote many hymns and transcribed over 300 books
  11. 11. Apostle Mobhi of Glasnevin  Unknown  Founder of the city of Glasnevin  Originally established as a monastery  Apostle Columba of Iona studied under Apostle Mobhi
  12. 12. Apostle Ruadhain of Lorrha  d. 584  Founder and first abbot of the monastery at Lorrha  Operated embassy to King Diamait  Known for a specific prophecy made to King Diamait, which came true shortly after it was made
  13. 13. Apostle Senan of Iniscathay  b. 488  Founder of Inis Cathaig, a monastery  Founder of five churches  Dedicated to the things of God from a young age
  14. 14. Apostle Ninnidh the Saintly ofLough Erne  “Ninnidh of Inismacsaint” and “Ninnidh the Pious”  Unknown  Known for medical eye treatments and work in healing
  15. 15. Apostle Laisren mac Nad Froich  d. 564  Founder of a monastery in Devenish  Sought to make Devenish an “Irish Rome”  Was not successful
  16. 16. Apostle Canice of Aghaboe  Also spelled “Kenneth” or “Kenny”  515-16/600  Spent his early life as a shepherd  Entered the monastery during the plague to avoid contracting it  Travelled to several lands in the spread of the Gospel  Founder of several monasteries  Led an army to overcome Druidic rule  Ended his life by writing a commentary on the four Gospels
  17. 17. Apostle Finnian of Moville  495-589  Famous missionary and teacher of Druim Fionn  Teacher of Columba  Contested his right to copy the Psalter  Wrote a rule for monks and a penitential code
  18. 18. There are still apostles today! Want to learnmore?Come and study with us at Apostolic University as we prepare today’sleaders for Christian ministry, Christian education, evangelization, andmore! WWW.APOSTOLICUNIVERSITY.ORG
  19. 19. References“They devoted  Marino, Dr. Lee Ann B. “Early/Orthodox Church History, Week 10:themselves tothe apostles’ The Perseverance Of The Saints, Part 2.” Raleigh, Northteaching and to Carolina: Apostolic University Press, 2011.thefellowship, to  “Twelve Apostles Of Ireland.”the breaking of and toprayer.Everyone wasfilled withawe, and manywonders andmiraculoussigns weredone by theapostles… Andthe Lord addedto their numberdaily those whowere beingsaved. “(Acts 2:42-43, 47, NIV)