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Died: c. 1550Known for: her private revelations from St. Catherine of BolognaFun Fact: She had lively, playful conversations with Christ. When she would tell him, "My Lord, let me come to you," he responded, "Come to me by good works and holy desires." When called...

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...

Sister Mary of the Holy TrinityBorn: April 26th, 1901, Pretoria, Transvaal, South AfricaDied: June 26th, 1942, Jerusalem, IsraelKnown For: her notes on her conversations with ChristFun Fact: Her Poor Clare community in Jerusalem often rose at Midnight to say, not Matins, but the Rosary. This...