The saint we celebrate with a feast day on February 1 is St Brigid of Ireland! Even though she was a slave and the daughter of a slave, she was putting her life at risk serving the Lord. Working on a dairy farm, she gave the products of her labor away to the poor, must to the anger of her owner. She was eventually freed, though, and was then able to completely devote her life to God.
Credited with starting the first of Ireland’s convents, she taught women to serve the poor. She is said to have also founded the first double monastery which was a place for prayer for both nuns and monks. Brigid is known as the patron saint of scholars.