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Lives of the Saints:

How They Changed the World

Saint Kenneth (c. 525–599)

Saint Kenneth (c. 525–599)

Feast day: October 11




Many legends surround Saint Kenneth. According to one popular legend, he was born in Glengiven, Ireland. He became a monk and was ordained a priest. Kenneth spent some time in Ireland preaching, and then went to share the Good News in Scotland. He was an effective missionary and built several monasteries in Ireland. In this image, the name inscribed on the statue is St. Canice. In Ireland, Saint Kenneth is called Saint Canice. He is called Saint Kenneth in Scotland. (Image by Kweedado2, Wikimedia Commons)