Feast Day of St. Foillan ~ 31st October

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Today is the feast day of irish missionary St. Foillan. His two brothers, featured in the image above have also been declared saints. Together they established a monastery in Burgh Castle and did much missionary work in England until they were robbed of their land and went to preach the Gospel in France. One of the brothers, St. Fursey, had already worked as a missionary in France and King Clovis II welcomed his two other brothers to his country, just as he had welcomed Fursey, before them. One day St. Foillan was making his way, to visit his brother Ultan, after Mass,  when he was set upon by a band of thieves and murderers and was brutally slain. His body was not discovered for more than 2 months.

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