Columbanus was one of the most influential cultural and spiritual figures of the early Middle Ages. His story is remembered in all the many countries he travelled across. His legacy, and that of his companion St Gall, is celebrated throughout Ireland, France, southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Northern Italy.
Columbanus was the first to coin the phrase “Totius Europa” (the whole of Europe), and he worked tirelessly to bring communities together at a time of great turmoil and conflict. Many centuries later, Robert Schuman, one of the founding fathers of the European Union, said of Columbanus that he was “… the patron saint of those who seek to construct a united Europe”.