Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Wednesday 22 September |
Saint of the Day: St. Maurice and the Theban Legion
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

How St. Patrick’s nephew became a saint

SAINT PATRICK

Nheyob | CC BY SA 4.0

Philip Kosloski - published on 02/06/19

St. Mel of Ardagh came to Ireland with his uncle and helped establish Christianity on the island.

When St. Patrick returned to Ireland after being ordained a bishop, he didn’t arrive alone. In fact, St. Patrick embarked on his missionary journey with several of his nephews who were raised by his saintly sister, Darerca.

One of his nephews was named Mel (Mael) and he traveled with Patrick throughout the Irish countryside, preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone who would listen. When Patrick established a church at Ardagh, he ordained Mel as the local bishop.

It is said that Mel was a generous bishop, performing manual labor to support his ministry and giving all that he had to the poor of the community.

In addition to being the local bishop, Mel was also the abbot of an adjoining monastery at Ardagh. It is there that Mel received St. Brigid of Kildare, who made her religious profession before him. Mel also conferred on Brigid abbatial powers, making her an abbess, but also giving her ecclesiastical authority on par with the local bishops.

Mel died in 488, leaving a flourishing monastery and diocese that would become one of the most influential locations in Ireland. Shortly after his death, Mel was regarded as a saint by the local people because of his authentic witness of the Christian faith. His evangelical ministry was essential to the establishment of Christianity in Ireland, learning from his uncle how to lead the people to Jesus Christ.




Read more:
The spiritual meaning behind St. Brigid’s cross


12 APOSTLES OF IRELAND

Read more:
Who were the ’12 Apostles of Ireland’?

Tags:
IrelandSaints
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
ANMOL RODRIGUEZ
Domitille Farret d'Astiès
Attacked with acid as a baby, Anmol Rodriguez overcomes and inspi...
2
ARGENTINE CHILDREN
Esteban Pittaro
Argentine “Mother Teresa” was a former model and actress who embr...
3
RESURRECTION
Philip Kosloski
Your body is not a “shell” for your spirit
4
Our Lady of La Salette
Philip Kosloski
How Our Lady of La Salette can give us hope in darkness
5
PRAY
Philip Kosloski
Pray this Psalm when you successfully recover from an illness
6
OUR LADY
Philip Kosloski
An alternative Hail Mary to Our Lady of Sorrows
7
PIER GIORGIO FRASSATI
Cerith Gardiner
12 Habits of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati that every young adult...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.