St Brigid of Kildare; St Henry Morse, SJ
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St Brigid of Kildare
The known facts
about St. Brigid of Kildare are few, but she is revered as one of Ireland's three patron saints
(along with Patrick and Columba).
What we do know is that she was a
fifth-century nun who founded the Abbey of Kildare, southwest of Dublin. Both monks and nuns lived
there, and many accounts record that Brigid served as superior of both the men and women. In any
event, the Abbey of Kildare contributed significantly to the spread of Christianity throughout
Ireland at a time when traditional Irish religion was disappearing.
Many miracles have been
attributed to Brigid. What is more certain is that she was an extraordinary woman who was known
especially for her generosity to the poor. Because of the prominence the Abbey of Kildare gained
under Brigid's leadership, she is considered the special patron of scholars. Her feast day is
observed on February 1.
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