Celtic and Old English Saints          18 June

* St. Theneva of Glasgow
* St. Edburga and St. Edith of Aylesbury
* St. Goneri of Brittany
* St. Minnborinus of Cologne

St. Theneva of Glasgow, Mother of St. Kentigern Mungo
(also known as Dwynwen, Thaney, Thenaw, Thenog, Thenova)
7th century. Saint Theneva was a British princess. When it was
discovered that she had conceived out of wedlock, she was thrown from a
cliff. Unharmed at the bottom, she was then set adrift in a boat on the
Firth of Forth. It was expected that she would die at sea, but God
protected her and kept her alive. She landed at Culross, where she was
sheltered by Saint Serf and gave birth to Saint Kentigern, named Mungo
("darling") by his foster-father, Serf. She gave her name to Saint
Enoch's Square and Railway Station in Glasgow, Scotland, where she is
co- patron together with her son (Benedictines, Delaney).

Sts. Edburga and Edith of Aylesbury, Virgins
(also known as Edburga and Edith of Bicester)
Died c. 650. The sisters Edburga and Edith were Anglo-Saxon princesses,
supposedly of King Penda of Mercia, who became nuns at Aylesbury

St. Goneri of Brittany
6th century. Saint Goneri was exiled from Britain to Brittany, where he
was a hermit near Treguier (Benedictines).

St. Minnborinus of Cologne, Abbot
Died 986. Saint Minborinus led a group of Irish missionaries to Cologne,
Germany, where the archbishop installed them in Saint Martin's Abbey
with Minborinus as abbot, where he governed from 974 to 986. Because the
monastery was declared an Irish Abbey, many churches in the area were
dedicated to Irish saints, including five churches and seven chapels
under the patronage of Saint Brigid (Benedictines, Montague).

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