Reverend Paul Merkovsky
Mr. Jay Speca
Faith Formation Director
St. Columbkille Parish was founded in 1908.
We were the first parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh to be named for St. Columbkille.
St. Columbkille Parish
A PENNSYLVANIA CHARITABLE TRUST
Saint Columbkille (521-597) was the most famous of the Scottish saints; however, he was of Irish decent and known as Colmcille. He was ordained before he was twenty-five years old and spent the next fifteen years preaching and setting up foundations in Ireland.
He left Ireland at age forty-two and landed on the island of Iona off the coast of Scotland. There he built the monastery which was to become world famous. With Saints Canice and Comgall, he spread the gospel to the Picts. He also developed a monastic rule that many followed until the introduction of St. Benedicts.
His feast day is June 9.
The oak leaf is a symbol of the first monastery in the oak groves of Derry, Ireland. The Celtic cross is a symbol of the first monastery on the island of Iona, Scotland.