Saint Columbkille, also called Saint Columba, was born in Donegal, in Ireland, on the feast of Saint Ambrose, December 7, 521. He founded many monasteries there. He was also the great apostle to Scotland, where he built many monasteries and churches. He landed in Scotland, on the Island of Iona, on the eve of Pentecost, 563, with twelve companions. He erected on this island the greatest and most famous of his monasteries. Many of the people of northern England were converted to the Catholic Faith by Saint Columbkille. He was called “loving to all,” and was said to have himself the face of an angel. He died an abbot, kneeling before the altar. He is buried in the same tomb as Saint Patrick and Saint Bridget.