Investiture of Fr Joseph Gunn and Fr Joseph Rooney as Honorary Canons of the Co-Cathedral of Bobbio, Italy
Events are taking place this year to mark the historic fact that St Columbanus died 1400 years ago in Bobbio in 615AD.
On Saturday 29th August, the eve of the 18th annual celebration of St. Columban’s Day, within the setting of a prayer vigil held in the Co-Cathedral of Bobbio, in the presence of pilgrims from a number of countries throughout Europe as well as pilgrims from Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, Father Joseph Gunn, Parish Priest of Bangor, and Father Joseph Rooney, Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Down and Connor, were invested as honorary Canons of the Co-Cathedral of Bobbio, by the Bishop of Piacenza-Bobbio, the Most Reverend Gianni Ambrosio.
Their investiture highlights the religious heritage shared by the people of both dioceses. It invites all Christians in Ireland and particularly in Bangor to rediscover the living tradition of Columbanus. It points to the religious, monastic and cultural significance of Columbanus, a figure who preceded both the schism between the Churches of East and West and the sixteenth century Reformation.
In a civic ceremony on Sunday 30th August, in the presence of mayors from towns associated with St Columbanus and the Ambassador of Ireland to the Holy See, Emma Madigan, Bishop Noel Treanor was conferred with the honorary citizenship of Bobbio by its Mayor, Roberto Pasquali.