Saint Finan

Finan, Saint, born in Ireland, was in 651 appointed successor of St. Aidan as Bishop of Lindisfarne, an island off the eastern coast of Northumbria. He appears to have been educated at Iona. In his efforts for the conversion of the surrounding peoples, he was ably assisted by King Oswin, and he is specially noticed by the Venerable Bede as having borne an important part in the conversion of the northern Saxons. In the differences concerning the time for holding Easter, he held to the precedents of the Western Church. He died towards the close of the 7th century, and his festival is generally celebrated upon the 9th January.


192. Irish Saints, Life of the: Rev. John O'Hanlon, vol. i. Dublin, N.D.