Monday 5 December 2016

With spring in the air, a timely reminder of St Brigid - a woman for all seasons

Clodagh Finn

Published 02/02/2016 | 02:30

'It seems the adherents of the early church had no problem accepting that a woman could be at the top of one of the most powerful institutions of the time. Is it unfair to say that we seem to have gone backwards?'
'It seems the adherents of the early church had no problem accepting that a woman could be at the top of one of the most powerful institutions of the time. Is it unfair to say that we seem to have gone backwards?'

You won't find her name on any list of 21st-century female role models but maybe it's time to change that. St Brigid, whose feast day yesterday marked a faltering start to spring, was an awe-inspiring force of nature who deserves far more recognition.

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She had more power in the early Catholic Church than any woman alive today. She founded her own monastery in the fifth century.

She was a gifted administrator, a powerful abbess, an eloquent speaker and a revered holy woman, not to mention a prolific miracle worker.

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