Kentigern of Glasgow

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Icon of St. Kentigern (Mungo), Bishop in Scotland.

Our father among the saints Kentigern of Glasgow, (in Latin: Cantigernus and in Welsh: Cyndeyrn Garthwys), also known as Saint Mungo was a late sixth century missionary to the Brythonic Kingdom of Strathclyde in Scotland. He is a patron saint of the city of Glasgow that he founded. St. Kentigern is venerated as the Apostle of northwest England and southwest Scotland. He feast day is commemorated on January 13.

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His early life is largely hagiographic. He began preaching the Gospel in Cathures on the River Clyde at the site that became the city of Glasgow. He was consecrated as the first bishop for the Strathclyde Britons. Meeting opposition in Scotland to his preaching, he was driven into exile, first to Carlisle and then on to Wales. There he joined St. David at Menevia for a while until he returned to Scotland. In Scotland, he continued his missionary work, centered around the area of Glasgow.

He reposed in Glasgow on January 13, 614.

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