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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

St Tarasius (February 18) was a humble and sensible man appointed as Patriarch of Constantinople to resolve the Iconoclast controversy

St Polycarp was killed by the sword after refusing to deny Christ

St Polycarp, a martyr at the age of 86

St Polycarp (February 23), instructed by the Apostles, served as Bishop of Smyrna for 50 years and died during persecution

St Claude de La Colombière (February 15) had the misfortune of being in London at the time of the alleged Popish Plot

The Abbey Church of St Andrew, Sempringham

Gilbert of Sempringham (c 1083-1189) founded the only distinctively English medieval religious order