Born in Ireland around 521, Columba left his native land in about 563, along with 12 of his fellow monks, for Iona, an island off Scotland. He then did his great work, that of the conversion of the Northern Picts, including Brude, king of the Picts.
His willingness to go wherever called by Christ is an holy example for all Christians. “The Lord prospered their works in the hand of the holy prophet. They went through the wilderness that was not inhabited, and pitched tents in places where there lay no way.” (The day’s gradual, page E 66, People’s Anglican Missal)