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Venerable Nano Nagle

April 26

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(1718-1784)

Venerable Nano Nagle was born in Ireland during a time when it was illegal for Catholics to start schools in their homes or send their children abroad for schooling. Her family smuggled her to Paris for a full Catholic education. Upon returning, she opened a secret school for the poor, teaching them their faith. Her brother wasn’t too happy about her clandestine work for the poor, but the network of schools she started became the basis of the Irish Catholic school system. She told her sisters: “Spend your lives for the poor.”

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April 26
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