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The saint who dreamed of a tree stretching across Ireland

The ruins of the cathedral at Clonmacnoise

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St Ciarán of Clonmacnoise (September 9) founded a monastery attracting recruits from all over Europe

The Patriarch whose fervour worried his mother

Gentile Bellini depicts St Laurence in this painting from 1465

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St Laurence Giustiniani (September 5) was born an aristocrat but became renowned for his extreme asceticism

A singularly beneficent power in a period without orthodox medicine

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St Giles (September 1) is the patron saint of smithies

The vain young girl who became a hero for Catholic women

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St Maria de Mattias (August 20) masterminded the creation of more than fifty Precious Blood schools

The 80-year-old woman who discovered the Cross upon which Jesus was crucified

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St Helena (August 18), the mother of Constantine, became celebrated for her charity to the poor and to prisoners

The generous Christian king who prayed all night

It is likely that Oswald was baptised on the island of Iona

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St Oswald (August 5) was praised by the Venerable Bede as ‘a man beloved of God’

The saint who saw Jesus as a guest who needed to eat

Christ with Martha and Mary by Henryk Siemiradzki, 1886

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St Martha (July 29) perhaps put too much emphasis on the virtues of hospitality

The saint who flew ‘like a bird’ into a church roof

St Christina embraced extreme destitution

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St Christina the Astonishing (July 24) had been taken for dead but sat up in her coffin in the middle of a Requiem Mass

The Roman aristocrat who went from riches to rags

An icon of Arsenius

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St Arsenius (July 19) became one of the leading Desert Fathers

The Sister who saw in a vision her own heart made of steel

St Veronica Giuliani

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St Veronica Giuliani (July 9) received well-attested imprints of the stigmata