Image of St. Columba

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Saint Columba

(a.k.a. Saint Colmcille) was born December 7, 521 in Gartan, County Donegal, Ireland and died June 9, 597 on the Isle of Iona, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. He was an Irish abbot and missionary evangelist credited with spreading Christianity in what is today Scotland at the start of the Hiberno-Scottish mission. He founded the important abbey on the Isle of Iona, which became a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries.

He is the patron saint of Derry, Northern Ireland. He is also a patron saint of Ireland, Scotland, and bookbinders, and his intercession is invoked against floods, and against pandemics. As patron saint of Derry, Northern Ireland, Saint Columba is also the patron saint of Derry, New Hampshire.
We the parishioners of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Derry, NH, dedicate this image of Saint Columba in honor of the 1,500th anniversary of his birth on December 7, 2021 and in anticipation of his Feast Day, June 9, 2021.

To see the blessing that occured during the 4:30 PM Mass on June 5, 2021, click here.

To order 8" x 10" prints of this image, contact the parish office at 603-432-5000. Checks can be made payable for $30 to Saint Thomas Aquinas Church.