Conleth was a hermit who lived along Ireland's Liffey River, at Old Connell. The renowned Irish abbess Saint Brigid, upon meeting Conleth, was so impressed by him that she subsequently persuaded him to become the governing bishop of her double monastery at Kildare. A gifted copyist and illuminator of manuscripts, Conleth was likewise skilled in metalworking. A crosier kept in a museum of the Royal Irish Academy is said to have been made by Conleth.
Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. Her father died of malaria and her mother had to struggle to feed her children. In 1902 an eighteen-year-old neighbor, Alexander, grabbed ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Maximilian was born in 1894 in Poland and became a Franciscan. He contracted tuberculosis and, though he recovered, he remained frail all his life. Before his ordination as a priest, Maximilian ... continue reading
By Justin Soutar