Ita was born round 475 in Decies, Waterford, Ireland, of royal lineage. After receiving permission from her father, she grew to become a nun. She moved to Cluain Credhail in County Limerick, now referred to as Killeedy, or “Church of St. Ita.” There she based a neighborhood of girls like herself — virgins consecrated to God.
Later, she additionally based a college for boys and considered one of her pupils was St. Brendan. She was blessed with the reward of prophecy and was held in nice esteem even by modern saints. Through her, the Lord carried out quite a few miracles. When she was close to demise, she summoned her neighborhood of nuns and prayed for God’s blessings on these current and all of the clergy and laity in all the space of Killeedy. She is named “Brigid of Munster” in Ireland and to at the present time she is extensively commemorated there.
St. Ita grew to become very similar to a foster mom to many different saints together with St. Brendan the Voyager, St. Cummian Fada and St. Pulcherius. At the request of Bishop Butler of Limerick, Pope Pius IX granted a particular Office and Mass for the feast of St. Ita, which is widely known on January 15.
Heavenly Father, we’re grateful for holy girls like Saint Ita who could be such an inspiration to younger girls immediately. Through her pious life and teachings, many others had been influenced to stay holy lives and likewise grow to be saints. May all of us attempt to steer lives that encourage others to holiness. In the title of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Other Saints We Remember Today
- St. Paul the First Hermit (342)
- St. Maurus (580), Abbot, first disciple of St. Benedict
- Our Lady Of Prompt Succor