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Forde Abbey, near Chard, in Somerset, where the Abbot John wrote a memoir of St Wulfric

St Wulfric’s (February 20) reputation for prophecy and miracles earned him visits from royalty

St Josephine was treated as a slave for years, but insisted: ‘My life is good’

St Josephine Bakhita (February 8) said if she met her torturers she would kiss their hands for helping her to find Christ

A statue of St Verdiana in a convent in Montaione, Italy

The hermit who lived with snakes

St Verdiana (February 1) gave away all her uncle’s beans to the poor

The Church celebrates the conversion of St Paul on January 25

St Paul (January 25) made havoc for the Church until his journey to Damascus

St Arnold Janssen refused ever to worry about money  (Photo: CNS)

St Arnold Janssen (January 15) has inspired thousands of missionaries

St Paula (January 5), a woman of high birth, indulged in every luxury until she became a widow at 32

St Charbel Makhlouf

St Charbel Makhlouf (December 24) lived a life of holiness in obscurity

St Olympias clung to the feet of St John Chrysostom in their last meeting before his banishment

St Olympias (December 17), a widow with an immense fortune, became a devoted disciple of St John Chrysostom

St Juan Diego (December 9)

A detail from the Miracle of St Francis Xavier by Peter Paul Rubens

St Francis Xavier (December 3), one of the most remarkable travellers in history, was perceptive about the cruelties of colonialism