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

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

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

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

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

Christ with Martha and Mary by Henryk Siemiradzki, 1886

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

St Christina embraced extreme destitution

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

An icon of Arsenius

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

St Veronica Giuliani

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

St Maria Goretti desperately fought off her attacker, Alessandro Serenelli

St Maria Goretti (July 6) died while resisting a rape. Her murderer later repented and had a vision of the Virgin Mary

St John Southworth (June 28) was arrested five times before he was eventually hanged