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St. Brigid, also called Bride, is Ireland’s most popular saint; she may have known St. Patrick. She established a monastery at Kildare and persuaded Conlaed to bring his monks and join her. She is often depicted with a crozier or shepherd’s hook, a sign of episcopal office. We don’t know whether she was ordained a bishop, which was common for abbots of her rank, but we do know she possessed similar authority. Her love for the poor endeared her to all Ireland. (Br. Kenneth Hosley, OPC)

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