[Another installment of “How Do My Family and Friends Compare With Their Patron Saints?” Posting Tues. & Thurs. Will you be next?]
According to the website for St. Kevin Church in San Francisco, Saint Kevin was born in Ireland in 498. He studied scripture, became a priest (and later a bishop), and founded a monastery in Glendalough, Ireland. He was well known for patience and it is said that a bird once laid an egg in his palm, and to protect it, he held his palm open steadily until the egg hatched. His feast day is June 3.
To my knowledge, our eldest son Kevin never had a bird lay an egg in his hand. But he is Irish and more than once I found him reading the bible when I checked on him before going to bed. Family, neighbors, co-workers, and strangers have all described him as very patient. (And he did sport a long robe and long beard on Halloween.)
[ The first installment of “How Do My Family and Friends Compare With Their Patron Saints?” series. Posting Tuesdays and Thursdays. Will your name be next?]
According to Catholic Online, Saint Donald (eighth century) was a married man whose wife bore him nine daughters. After his wife died, they formed a religious community of sorts under his direction. The daughters later joined a monastery founded by St. Brigid. Donald was a common name in Scotland, not because of Saint Donald but because of the many members of the Clan of Donald. Nonetheless he was known for his holiness. His feast day is July 15.
My husband Don is Irish, not Scottish (although both are Celtic) and he has six sons. But he did lose his first wife, Deborah Evans, to cancer at the age of 31, and he is a spiritual person whose faith has always been important to him.