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St. Brigid Society
"The St. Brigid Society" has been established by Farm Women United to highlight the essential role faith communities play in the proper formation of "conscience" concerning the serious issues impacting the well-being of farmers, the rural culture, and all who depend on farmers for their food. Rural life is under assault from the intensification of dehumanizing, utilitarian policies that disregard the dignity of the human person at all levels, both on and off farms.
Farm Women United has chosen St. Brigid of Ireland as the patroness of these efforts.
To learn more about St. Brigid, whose feast day is celebrated on February 1st, and to better understand why she has been chosen to represent the efforts of Farm Women United in this outreach to the faith communities, here is an excerpt from Catholic Rural Life's history of the life of St. Brigid of (Kildare) Ireland:
"St. Brigid – Patron Saint of Dairy Farmers
On February 1, we celebrate the Feast of St. Brigid of Kildare. St. Brigid is not only one of the three patron saints of Ireland, she is also the patron saint of dairy farmers...born around 451AD....
There are many stories of the virtues she showed throughout her childhood and the miracles worked through her generosity. She served the poor and sick...often...giving away her father’s wealth to others in need.... Brigid... continued to offer her life in service to the poor and sick.... St. Brigid died from natural causes around 525AD.
But, why is Brigid considered the patron saint of dairy farmers? One account says this is because Brigid’s mother was in charge of her master’s dairy. Brigid helped her mother in this work and the dairy prospered under her.
However, Brigid gave away the produce to the poor, sick, and needy. Another account explains that early monastic life in Ireland involved prayer but also manual labor. One of the parts of this labor was dairy farming. All the accounts agree that throughout her life Brigid was always generous with her dairy, giving away the milk, butter, and cream to those in need.
Saint Brigid continues to serve (as) an example to us of generosity. She understood from a young age that everything we have is a gift from the Lord. May we follow her example of generosity and trust in the Lord. St. Brigid, pray for us!
– Annie Huntington is the Project Coordinator for Catholic Rural Life."