Saint Benen

Benen or Benignus, Saint, one of St. Patrick's most beloved disciples — his successor in the see of Armagh; a man eminent for piety and virtue. He was baptized by St. Patrick in 433, and instructed by him in the rudiments of learning and religion. He was specially commissioned to visit Kerry, and some parts of Clare which St. Patrick was not able to reach in person. According to the most probable computation, he succeeded to the see of Armagh in 465, where he is said to have died and to have been buried in 468. His festival is 9th November.


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