Irish monastic founder, the brother of Sts. Foillan and Ulan, praised by St. Bede. Fursey was born on the island of Inisguia en Lough Carri, Ireland, as a noble. He founded Rathmat Abbey, now probably Killursa. In 630 Fursey and his friends went to East Anglia, England, where he founded a monastery near Ugremouth on land donated by King Sigebert. In his later years, Fursey went to France to build a monastery at Lagny, near Paris, France. He was buried in Picardy. St. Bede and others wrote about Fursey’s intense ecstasies.
The Christian community is blessed with the good example of St. Fursey the Abbot. His life of dedication suggests we reexamine the living of our Faith and our zeal for the welfare of God’s people.
Father, help Your people to be zealous in spreading Your Word, and giving relief to those in need. May the virtues of Your holy Abbot Fursey mark our lives. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.