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Feast Day: May 9th Born: September 8th, 1413, Bologna, Italy Died: March 9th, 1463, Bologna, Italy Known For: her many writings, especially The Seven Spiritual Weapons Fun Fact: She is the only saint known to have painted her self-portrait! In addition, she's incorrupt. St. Catherine of Bologna, one of the...

Died: c. 1255, Assisi, Italy Known For: being an original follower of St. Clare and a witness for her Process of Canonization Fun Fact: Amata's name means "beloved" in Latin. It remains a common name for Poor Clares today. We've seen how common saints from the same family...

Blessed Antonia of FlorenceBorn: 1401, Florence, ItalyDied: February 18th, 1472, Aquila, ItalyKnown For: being one of the great 15th Century Franciscan ReformersFun Fact: her eyes are still open on her completely incorrupt body! Bl. Antonia came from a privileged background and married young. Sadly, she was widowed...

Ven. Ortolana of AssisiDied: c. 1238, Assisi, ItalyKnown For: being the mother of St. Clare, who started our OrderFun Fact: Once a sick boy was brought to St. Clare and Ortolana's monastery in hopes of a cure. The boy became well, and Clare said it...

Blessed Helen EnselminiBorn: 1208, Padua, ItalyDied: November 4th, 1242, Padua, Italy The picture one often sees of Blessed Helen seems to be portraying a young nun in a mystical ecstasy. Eyes closed, head hanging back, hands gently resting on her chest...

Venerable Chiara Isabella GherziDied: October 27th, 1800, Gubbio, Italy "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Most 12-year-olds, while arguing they're all grown up anyway, will answer with any number of fantastic ideas. But often they know their lives will turn out quite differently. Venerable Chiara...

Born: 1378, Milan, Lombardy, Italy Died: 1444, Pisaro, Italy Known for: founding a reformed community of Poor Clares Fun fact: her younger sister became a Poor Clare as well, and her younger brother became a Franciscan friar! The death of loving parents when a child is young can have...

Born: 1443, Volta, Italy Died: 1514, Mantua, Italy Known For: her heroic fidelity to her contemplative vocation Fun Fact: she entered religious life at age 15! Born into the noble family of Montaldi, Blessed Paula grew up with every privilege a young woman in 15th century Italy could ask for;...

Born: 1224Died: July 24th, 1292, Sandec, Poland Patron Saint of: Poland, Lithuania, Salt MinesKnown For: her special patronage of the Polish peopleFun Fact: her family was filled with saints! Her aunts included Sts. Elizabeth of Hungary, Hedwig, and Agnes of Prague. Her biological sisters were...

Blessed Florida CevoliDied: June 12, 1767Known For: Her close relationship with St. Veronica GuilianiFun Fact: She started all her letters with the phrase, "Jesus amor, fiat voluntus tua" (Jesus my love, thy will be done). A sickly constitution and a privileged background: these two characteristics worried...