Prayers, Quips and Quotes: St. Lucy Filippini, Feast Day March 25




 

 

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The feast day of St. Lucy Filippini is celebrated on March 25.  

St. Lucy Filippini was born in Corneto-Tarquinia, Italy in 1672. Her mother died before she turned a year old. Her father died when she was seven years old.  Lucy was a very prayerful child. She was raised by her aunt and uncle who had her educated by the Benedictine nuns at Santa Lucia.

Cardinal Marcantonio Barbarigo made a great impression on Lucy when he visited her church. She turned to him for guidance. She had a devotion to Our Lady and wanted to leave the world behind her. The cardinal put Lucy in charge of opening new schools to teach girls.

St. Lucy and Rosa Venerini were Co founders of the Institute of the Maestre Pie which was dedicated to teaching girls, including poor girls. Young girls were taught domestic arts, weaving, embroidery, reading and Christian doctrine. Twelve years later the Cardinal devised a set of rules to guide Lucy and her followers in religious life. Lucy helped to found 52 schools. Pope Clement XI called Lucy to Rome in 1707 to start schools there.

St. Lucy died from breast cancer on March 25, 1732 on the Feast of the Annunciation. Her body lies incorrupt under the altar dedicated to her in the Cathedral of Montefiascone.

 

The Church of God is not a restful garden, but a working vineyard.

Quote of St. Lucy Filippini

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