Saint Conan

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Bishop, Saint
Born 7th century
Died 13 January 684(684-01-13)
Venerated in Roman Catholicism
Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast 13 January

Saint Conan (7th century – January, 684), also rarely known as Saint Mochonna, was a bishop of the Isle of Man and an Irish missionary.


Conan is not to be confused with St. Conindrius (died 17 November 560), who is said to have been a disciple of St. Patrick, and to have lived to a very advanced age.[1]

The Bollandists place Saint Conan amongst the early bishops of Man, and Colgan gives an account of his life and labours. Unfortunately, the history of the Isle of Man in the fifth and sixth centuries is very obscure, and it is difficult to verify biographical details. However, Conan, who is also described as "Bishop of Inis-Patrick" left a distinct impression of his zeal for souls in the Isle of Man. Some authorities give the date of his death as 26 January, but Colgan, quoting from the ancient Irish martyrologies, gives 13 January, on which day Conan's feast is observed.[1]

There are also several minor Irish saints who share the name Conan, including Saint Conan of Assaroe (8 March), and Saint Conan of Ballinamore (26 April).[1]