Saint Ronan of Locronan
Saint Ronan of Locronan.
One of the great joys of being an iconographer is meeting wonderful saints whom I most likely would not have encountered if I had not been commissioned to paint their icons. One such saint is Ronan, whose icon I just finished. He was the son of St. Berach (a disciple of St. Kevin), and was a renowned Irish bishop in the sixth century. To draw closer to God, he chose a voluntary exile to a faraway land to live as a hermit, like his contemporary St. Brendan the Navigator. He landed in what is today Brittany, France, and lived the ascetic life of a hermit. A community grew around his hermitage, known today as Locronan, that is, "the place of Ronan."