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Celebrating Saint Columbkille, Our Patron
Saint Columbkille (521-597), born in County Donegal, was originally known as Columba of Iona, or, in Old Irish, as “Colm Cille” or “Columcille” (meaning “Dove of the Church”). Columbkille was an outstanding figure among Irish Gaelic missionary monks who introduced the light of Christianity to Scotland at the beginning of the Dark Ages (450-1000).
During the sixth century, some of the most significant names in the history of Irish Christianity studied at the monastery in Clonard founded by Saint Finnian of Clonard (470-549). Columbkille was a pupil at the Clonard Abbey, situated on the River Boyne in modern County Meath, when the average number of scholars under instruction there was 3,000. Twelve students of Finnian of Clonard, including Columba, were known as the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. Columbkille became a monk and was ordained a priest at Clonard.
Sometime around 560, Columbkille became involved in a quarrel with Saint Finnian of Moville (495-589) over a psalter.Columba copied the manuscript at the scriptorium in Moville, intending to keep the copy he made.
Finnian disputed his right to take the copy and the dispute eventually led to the pitched Battle of Cúl
Dreimhne in 561, during which many men were killed. Columbkille was convicted of the first known copyright infringement with this ruling: “To each cow its calf, to each book its owner.” A synod of clerics and scholars then threatened to excommunicate Columbkille for the deaths that resulted from his wrongdoing, but Saint Brendan of Birr (d. 573) spoke on his behalf with the result that he was allowed to go into exile instead. Columbkille suggested that he would work as a missionary in Scotland to help convert as many people as had been killed in the battle.
He exiled himself from Ireland, to return only once again, several years later. In 563, Columbkille crossed the Irish Sea to Scotland with twelve companions, where according to legend he first landed at the southern tip of the Kintyre peninsula, near Southend. However, being still in sight of his native land he moved further north up the west coast of Scotland to the island of Iona, which became the center of his evangelizing mission to the Picts. Columbkille was never separated from his native people at Iona, because the Irish had been colonizing the west
coast of Scotland for hundreds of years.
In addition to his work there in guiding the only center of literacy in the region, Columbkille’s reputation as a holy man led to his role as a diplomat among the tribes. He was very energetic in his evangelical work, and, along with founding several churches in the Hebrides, he worked to make his monastery in Iona a school for missionaries.
Columbkille was a renowned man of letters, having written several hymns, and he is credited with having transcribed 300 books personally. One of the few times he left Scotland after his arrival was toward the end of his life, when he returned to Ireland to found the monastery at Durrow in County Laois. He died at Iona and was buried there in the monastery he created. With Saint Patrick (387-461) and Saint Brigid (451-525), Saint Columbkille is one of Ireland’s three great and holy patrons. His feast day is June 9.
On July 1, 1871, Bishop John Williams established the Brighton Catholic community, which had been served by St. Mary’s in Brookline, as St. Columbkille Parish. He named Father Patrick J. Rogers as the first pastor. The new parishioners, made up of a majority of Irish immigrants, set immediately to building the magnificent church that has stood on the corner of Market and Arlington Streets since the mid-1870s. Father Rogers was so proud of the new edifice that he affixed his name to the front of the church (over the rose window) in 1875. There have been only seven pastors appointed to St. Columbkille since Father Rogers.
Plans are underway for the Class of 1964's 50th Reunion in the Spring of 2014. For more information call Joanne Siegfriedt Powers at 617-783-3413
Reunions and Special Events
Reunions and special events are the perfect opportunity to reconnect with fellow alumni and the school. The School also hosts events throughout the year that exhibit the academic program, as well as traditional events such as the annual Cantata, Christmas Bazaar, and Catholic Schools Week.
On Saturday, October 19, 2013, we are excited to have our 60th High School Reunion for the Class of 1953. We will host the Reunion at the Stockyard Restaurant from 12pm to 3pm, and the cost will be $50.00 per person. We are looking forward to seeing everyone and having a great time! If there are any questions please contact a Committee Member. Ann Ford, Kay Lyons, Jim Perry, Jean Sennott Simmons, and Jim Tobin: 617-787-0019
On Wednesday, November 6, 2013, the Saint Columbkille Alumni Association will host the First Annual Mass of Remembrance at Saint Columbkille Church. The Mass will begin at 10:30 AM, followed by a light luncheon at the School. Alumni wishing to remember a classmate and attend the Mass should RSVP Mary Battles at 617.254.3110, ext.105, or firstname.lastname@example.org, by November 1st.
On Saturday, October 19, 2013, the Class of 1963 will hold its 50th reunion at the Norfolk Golf Club in Westwood, Massachusetts. Contact Bill Goode at WJGoode@WjGoodeCorp.com or 508-520-3494 for information. On Friday, October 18, 2013 we will visit the school and be given a tour while the classes are in session. It will be an opportunity to see how teaching has changed over the last 50 years. You will be impressed! Finally, we ask you to offer a prayer and remembrance for the following classmates who have passed away during the last three years:
Paula Abbot Neville…..November, 2011
Patricia Aldonis Spellman…….December, 2012
Joseph M. McElaney…….March, 2012
John J. Ryan…….January, 2011
On Saturday, June 8, the Classes of 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 1974 and 1974, hosted a collective reunion. The Reunion began at 4:00 PM at School where almuni visited their old classrooms, said hello to Miss Battles and met Head of School Bill Gartside. A short video was shown highlighting the School today. From 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM, guests were invited to The Stockyard for a benefit supper and socializing.
For more information on school events or to reach fellow classmates, please contact the Director of Institutional Advancement, Kathrine Cecere at email@example.com