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The Life and Legacy of St. Benignus of Kilbannon

Articles | November 8, 2023 | by Catholics for Catholics

Benignus of Kilbannon was born in County Meath, Ireland, to Sesenen, an Irish chieftain. After being baptized by St. Patrick, he became his favorite disciple and worked closely with him as his coadjutor in the See of Armagh. St. Benignus was known for his gentle and amiable character, and this earned him the nickname “Benen.”

Benignus helped St. Patrick in his missionary work and is most remembered for his musical talents, which drew many people to the faith. He was also involved in compiling the great Irish code of Laws, the Senchus Mor, and contributed to the “Psalter of Cashel” and the “Book of Rights.”

Benignus resigned from his coadjutorship in 467 and passed away later that same year. His feast day is celebrated on November 9th. While there is another Irish St. Benignus from Armagh, most scholars believe that St. Patrick’s psalm-singer is the same person as the St. Benignus who founded Kilbannon near Tuam. Although the two saints are often confused, they were contemporaries.

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