Monk, missionary, and priest; died circa 600
Many of the great early Celtic missionaries were monastics. The monasteries were great missionary centers, and St. Kenneth was deeply involved in them, founding some of them. He is another foundational figure of Christianity in Europe, a man upon whose broad and great shoulders we contemporary Christians stand.
Kenneth is a derivative of Canice. All we know about Canice is from unreliable legend, according to which he was born at Glengiven, Ireland. He became a monk under St. Cadoc at Llancarfan, Wales, and was ordained there. After a trip to Rome, he studied under St. Finnian at Clonard, Ireland, accompanied Ss. Kieran, Columba, and Comgall to St. Mobhi at Glasnevin. He preached for a time in Ireland, and then went to Scotland. A close friend of Columba’s whom he accompanied on a visit to King Brude of the Picts, he was a most successful missionary. He built a monastery at Aghaboe, Ireland, and probably one at Kilkenny. He is also known as Kenneth and Cainnech. His feast day is October 11th.
Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your servant Kenneth, whom you called to preach to the people of Scotland. Raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 96 or 96:1-7; Acts 1:1-9; Luke 10:1-9
Below: The Cathedral of St. Canice (Scottish Episcopal Church) at Kilkenny
Personal note: I like a saint with my first name.