Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Kentigerna, Widow, of Ireland

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She is commemorated on the 7th of January, in the Aberdeen Breviary, from which we learn, that she was of royal blood, daughter of Kelly, prince of Leinster in Ireland, as Colgan proves from ancient monuments. She was mother of the holy abbot Saint Fœlan, or Felan. After the death of her husband, she left Ireland, and consecrated herself to God in a religious state, and lived in great austerity and humility, and died on the 7th of January, in the year 728. Adam King informs us, that a famous parish church bears her name at Locloumont, in Inchelroch, a small island into which she retired some time before her death, that she might with greater liberty give herself up to heavenly meditation.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Kentigerna, Widow, of Ireland”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. Saints.SQPN.com. 6 January 2013. Web. 19 September 2014. <>