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Brigid of Kildare
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Brigid (“the Exalted”) lived from about 464 to 524 CE in the eastern part of Ireland, the present province of Leinster. She was a daughter of noble Christian parents. Her father’s name was Dubhtach, her mother’s Broicsech. Her oldest Vita (“Life”), written circa 650 CE by the monk Cogitosus, tells that Brigid excelled in virtues. As a reward for her strong faith, God continually helped her with miracles when she performed works of mercy. As a young maiden, she brought all the bu…

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Caspers, Charles, “Brigid of Kildare”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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