: Pronounced Ee+da
Meaning "thirst for holiness," St. Ite
, baptized Deirdre, was born in 480 in County Waterford. As a devout young woman she moved to Killeedy in County Limerick and founded a small convent. With a gift of prophecy and "spiritual discernment," she was held in great esteem by contemporary religious men and women and was foster mother to many future saints. She believed God loves best "true faith in God and a pure heart, a simple life with a religious spirit and open-handedness inspired by charity." The site of her grave is still a place of pilgrimage today.