St. Brendan was an Irish priest born around 484 A.D. This brave and adventurous monk sailed around northwest Europe, spreading the Christian faith. His heroic devotion to the Gospel inspired many, and he founded multiple churches and monasteries. During his most famous journey, Brendan sailed with several companions in search of Paradise. According to legend, they stopped on a small island to celebrate Easter Mass only to discover the "island" was actually an enormous whale!
Feast Day: May 16
Patronage: Adventurers, Coast Guard, Courage, Navy, Sailors, Travelers