May 16, 2011

Happy St. Brendan's Day!

St. Brendan is one of my favorite Irish historical figures. Every year, on his feast day, I post something about him and his famous journey on the blog. You can find one post here and another here.

There are certainly a lot of things named for him--schools, colleges, bands, and even an alcoholic beverage!

I recently asked my newsletter subscribers to answer some questions about St. Brendan, and I was surprised at the variety of answers. But I suppose that's what can happen when you use the Internet.

Here is a link to a translation of The Voyage of St. Brendan.

Here were the questions:

1. St. Brendan is also known as The…..
2. How many men went with St. Brendan on his famous journey? (Be careful. This could be a trick question. But if you’re close I’ll give you credit.)
3. Name two books written about the legend of St. Brendan.
4. What patron saint was Brendan said to have met? (Hint: a certain author wrote a novel about this saint.)
5. St. Brendan is the patron saint of….

If you haven't already, go ahead and take a shot at the answers and leave them in the comments section of this blog. I'll enter you into a drawing to win a hand-knotted prayer cross (key fob size) made by the monks at St. Brendan's Monastery in Maine.


  1. Have no idea (don't throw eggs, folks) to the answers, Cindy, but love your blog & stopping in occasionally.


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  3. Just to let you know, these aren't actually rosaries, in case that matters to any of you.

  4. Just realized I couldn't publish comments if I want people to look up the answers. Still send them. I'll keep but not publish. Duh!

  5. It does not matter =)
    I love them =)