|Donatus (right) with Jesus, Mary, and John the Baptist (left)|
The Italians tacked the nickname Scotus -- meaning Irishman -- on both Donatus and Andrew. Once they had hit All Spots Holy in Rome, they turned north. While passing through Tuscany, they landed in Fiesole just as the folks were gathered to elect a new bishop. Rules were different back then -- sometimes kings appointed bishops, sometimes cardinals or popes picked them, and sometimes cathedral chapters voted to nominate. I don't know how far into the deliberations they had gone, but when they heard the church bells ringing themselves, they knew something unusual was happening. They checked the cathedral and found that the candles had lit themselves. Sure and it was a sign from God Almighty!
Donatus was recognized as the bishop; he promptly appointed Andrew archdeacon. The two served their adopted home long (forty-seven years!) and well. Donatus left an impressive body of written work, including a life of Saint Brigid of Kildare and many poems, most notably a a twelve-line verse praising Ireland.