1400th anniversary of the death of Saint Columbanus


November 20th


Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth is delighted to advise that in order to commemorate the 1400th anniversary of the death of Saint Columbanus and to honour the rich heritage and legacy which unites our work and mission The Trustees of St Patricks College Maynooth and the Pontifical University* have decided to confer The Award of Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa, upon:

  • E. Mons Gianni Ambrosio, Bishop of Piacenza-Bobbio
  • Mauro Steffenini
  • Reverend Kevin O’Neill, SSC, Superior General of the Missionary Society of St. Columban
    Each of the honourees are being recognised for the extraordinary contribution that they each have made in separate ways to continue the great work and mission of St Columban in the 21st Century.

In the case of Fr. O’Neill the honour is also intended as recognition of the outstanding work done by the entire Missionary Society of St. Columban –formerly the Maynooth Mission to China from its foundation until the present day.

The Honours Ceremony will be held on Monday, November 30th commencing at 3pm.


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