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The Sisters of the Immaculate Conception flourished in Genoa          (PA)

St Agostino Roscelli (May 7) insisted he was merely a ‘poor priest’. John Paul II thought otherwise

Pope St Pius V set up interest-free loan banks for the poor

St Pius V (April 30), who excommunicated Queen Elizabeth, continued to live as a monk even after he became pope

St Benedict Menni founded 17 psychiatric hospitals in Spain

St Benedict Menni (April 24) gave his life to outcasts in an era of anti-clericalism

St Benoît-Joseph Labre (April 16) has been called the representative of those who in the name of Christ refuse to be respectable

The tomb of St Stanislaus in Wawel Cathedral, Kraków

St Stanislaus (April 11)

St Luigi Scrosoppi (April 3) founded the Sisters of Providence, opening 12 houses before he died

An icon depicting the Ladder of Divine Ascent of St John Climacus

St John Climacus (March 30) wrote The Ladder of Divine Ascent, one of the most important devotional texts of the Middle Ages

Lindisfarne, where St Cuthbert served as prior

St Cuthbert (March 20) was an examplar of a less triumphal, more inward form of religion than that represented by St Wilfrid, the pope’s henchman

St Louise de Marillac accepted the great sacrifice of matrimony

St Louise de Marillac (March 15) founded the Daughters of Charity under the guidance of St Vincent de Paul

St Colette (March 6) believed the most direct path to heaven was that of suffering patiently endured