Tagged: Italian saints

Saint Venturino, Dominican preacher and missionary crusader

On March 28, the Church commemorates Saint Venturino of Bergamo (1304 – 1346), a Dominican preacher and missionary crusader. Saint Venturino was born at Bergamo, and received the habit of the Order of Friars Preachers at the convent of Saint Stephen, Bergamo in 1319. He was a popular preacher and attracted large crowds of people in all the cities of northern Italy. In 1335, he...

St. Catherine de’ Ricci: Dominican Mystic

On February 13, we commemorate the great Dominican mystic and stigmatist, St. Catherine de’ Ricci (1522-1590), who was a Dominican nun, of the Third Order, enclosed in a convent at that time. She is the patron of sick people. Alessandrina Lucrezia Romola de’ Ricci was born in Florence, Italy on April 23, 1522 to a pious and well-respected family. Her mother died when she was an...

Saint John Bosco: Hero of Youth

On Jan. 31, we celebrate the feast of St. John Bosco or “Don Bosco,” a 19th century Italian priest who worked to improve the education, vocational opportunities, and faith of youth during the industrial revolution. Giovanni (John) Melchior Bosco was born in 1815 to a poor farm family in the hillside hamlet of Becchi in northern Italy. When he was born, his mother consecrated him...

St. Maria Crocifissa Di Rosa: Model of Charity and Courage

Today’s saint was born Paolina (Paula) Francesca Maria at Brescia, Italy on Nov. 6, 1813. She was the sixth of nine children of a wealthy noble landowner and industrialist, Clement de Rosa and his wife Countess Camilla Albani. At the age of eleven, Paula’s mother died and she was educated by the Visitandines. At the age of seventeen, she returned home to care for her...