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Growing with Jesus
St Margaret Clitherow
Saint Margaret Clitherow is an English saint and martyr who was canonised in 1970 by Pope Paul VI. She was put to death in York on 25 March 1586. Being a fervent Catholic Margaret assisted both priests and fellow believers, by hiding them in her house. This extended to having a hole cut between the attics of her house and the neighbouring house, to allow for escape in case of a raid. Margaret also held secret Masses at her home.
St. Francis of Assisi
Saint Francis of Assisi was a Catholic friar who gave up a life of wealth to live a life of poverty. He established the Franciscan Order of friars and the women's Order of the Poor Ladies. St. Francis had the power of working miracles. He loved all creatures and the birds and animals happily obeyed his commands! He advised his brothers to love God, to love being poor, and to obey the Gospel. "I have done my part," he said. "May Jesus teach you to do yours." Francis died on October 3, 1226.
St. Chad, the apostle of the Midlands born in Northumbria, was one of four brothers all of who became priests. He became Bishop of Mercia in 1669 and established his see at Lichfield. He was known for his humility and simplicity of life and died of the plague on 2nd March, 672. His shrine in the Cathedral of Lichfield was a place of pilgrimage throughout the middle ages.
St. Clare of Assisi was born in Assisi on July 16, 1194. As a young girl, she dedicated herself to prayer. When she was 18 she asked St. Francis of Assisi to help her to live her life according to the Gospel after hearing him preach. St. Francis cut her hair short and gave her a rough brown robe to wear. She was the founder of the order of the 'Poor Clares' an order of nuns. She died in 1253.