Recent years have witnessed an increased commitment to singing psalms at each worship service. As a result, composers of church music have produced a wealth of psalm settings for congregational use. These range in style and manner, but all intend to restore psalm-singing as a significant aspect of common worship.
The Benedictine Rule became the standard upon which all other monastic orders were built and organized.
Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) was the founder of the Franciscan order.
Columba (c. 521-597) was a renowned Irish Celtic missionary. He was probably born in County Donegal. His father was a member of the reigning family in Ireland and his mother was descended from royalty.