Thursday, June 15, 2006

St. Magdalene of Canossa

St. Magdalene of Canossa
Born in Verona, Italy, on March 1, 1774 of a noble family. She was the third of six children. Magdalene founded the Institute of the Daughters of Charity (Canossian Sisters) in Verona on 1808 and the Sons of Charity (Canossian Fathers) in Venice on 1831, through the instrumentality of two laymen from Bergamo, Carsana and Belloni, who offered her their services. John Paul II, on October 2, 1988, proclaimed her a Saint. She was a woman who believed in the love of Jesus sent by the Holy Spirit among those most in need. she served them with a mother's heart and an apostle's zeal.


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