St. Brigid of Kildare, 6th century
This well-rounded young woman, current patroness of babies, scholars, and travelers, was the daughter of a pagan Irish king. She founded missionary convents all over Ireland; Saint Patrick apparantly confirmed her final vows with the formula used for priests. Oops-
"I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of charity. I would like rich treasures of mercy. I would like cheerfulness to preside over all. I would like Jesus to be present. I would like the three Marys of illustrious renown to be with us. I would like the friends of Heaven to be gathered around us from all parts. I would like myself to be a rent payer to the Lord; that I should suffer distress, that he would bestow a good blessing upon me. I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I would like to be watching Heaven's family drinking it through all eternity."
- St. Brigid