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St. Brigid of KildareSaint of IrelandA.D. 451 Brigid is born to a Christian slave who was sold to a Druid.I will call her Brigid. The word means strength.Someday her father, the nobleman, will be proud of her.A poet wantsto marry you, Brigid. Only a king would be a better match.I told you when you brought me here, Father, I’ve promised my life to God.Brigid and seven other women built Cill Dare (the Cell of the Oak). The convent at Kildare became famous.Brigid traveled all of Ireland—preaching, helping poor people, and founding centers of prayer and study.PrayLord, remind me to consider others first and to show mercy and kindness to others.ThinkHow do you most like to help others? Name two or three ways you act like Jesus, serving “the least” among us.ActInvite someone eating lunch alone to join you. Or ask them to be your partner in class.Brigid’s convents were known for hospitality.Sister Brigidlets us come for short retreats.When food is short, all we have to do is ask.Bishop Conleth, you and I will run these monasteries together.‘Tis a fine idea, Brigid! Both women and men can study and pray here.There goes generous Sister Brigid.They say her apron is as big as all of Ireland!What a great place for our bishops’ meeting!Welcome!When Brigid died in 525, she was buried with St. Patrick and St. Columba. Kildare Monastery kept a perpetual fire going for 1,000 years.It was illegal to teach about Catholicism in Ireland, but six brave women formed the Congregation of St. Brigid on February 1, 1807, and taught children in secret. Their work has spread all over the world.On February 1, her feast day, people place St. Brigid’s cross of rushes in their rafters to ward off harm.8Bayard supports Pope Francis’s call to care for our common home. Please share your copy of VENTURE with a friend or recycle it properly. Thank you.stinSaWith My Family and Friends

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