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Acta Triadis Thaumaturgae

Work on the lives of St. Patrick, St. Brigid, and St. Columba

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Acta Triadis Thaumaturgae (THE ACTS OF A WONDER-WORKING TRIAD), or the lives of St. Patrick, St. Brigid, and St. Columba; published at Louvain, in 1647, by John Colgan, O.F.M., mainly at the expense of Thomas Fleming, Archbishop of Dublin. The full title runs as follows: “Triadis Thaumaturgae, seu divorum Patricii, Columbae, et Brigidae, trium veteris et majoris Scotiae, seu Hiberniae, Sanctorum insulae, communium patronorum acta, a variis, iisque pervetustis ac Sanctis, authoribus Scripta, ac studio R.P.F. Joannis Colgani, in conventu F.F. Minor. Hibernor, Strictior, Observ., Lovanii, S. Theologiae Lectoris Jubilati, ex variis bibliothecis collecta, scholiis et commentariis illustrata, et pluribus appendicibus aucta; complectitur tomus secundus sacrarum ejusdem insulae antiquitatum, nunc primum in lucem prodiens”. Want of funds alone prevented the publication of all the priceless material which Colgan had transcribed and prepared for press, and from the catalogue of the manuscripts found in his cell after his death, it is evident that the great Irish hagiologist had given a detailed account of the labors of Irish missionaries in England, Scotland, Belgium, Alsace, Lorraine, Burgundy, Germany, and Italy. A small remnant of these unpublished volumes is now in the Franciscan Library, Merchants’ Quay, Dublin. In 1652 Colgan begged his superiors to relieve him of the duties of guardian and professor, and he died at St. Anthony’s, Louvain, January 15, 1658, aged 66.


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