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The frail but tireless Sister who worked in the slums of New York

A stained-glass window depicting St Francesca  (Photo: CNS)

St Francesca Cabrini (December 22) became the first American to be canonised in 1946

Daily readings: December 18 – 24

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The hermit who lived on a pillar for 33 years

Standing on top of a pillar all day left St Daniel with foul-smelling feet

St Daniel the Stylite (December 11) was told that monastic discipline would be beyond him

Daily readings: December 11 – 17

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The chaplain to William the Conqueror who established the Sarum Rite

Salisbury, where St Osmund was a humble and orthodox bishop

St Osmund of Salisbury (December 4) was ‘praised for his wisdom and holiness’

Daily readings: December 4 – 10

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Apostle Andrew, the first to be called

A fourth-century painting of St Andrew in the Catacombs of St Thecla in Rome

St Andrew (November 30) preached in the Ukraine, Turkey and Greece

Daily readings: November 27 – December 3

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Daily readings: November 20 – 26

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form

The bishop who charmed kings and ate with lepers

St Hugh observes St Bruno adoring the Virgin and Child

St Hugh of Lincoln (November 17) travelled around his diocese defending the poor and needy against the powerful and insolent