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The Vision of St Francesca Romana (1615-1619), Orazio Gentileschi, oil on canvas, Galleria Nazionale delle Marche

Feast of Saint Frances of Rome

(1384 – 1440)

St. Frances of Rome was born to a noble family in Rome.  As a young girl her desire to become a nun was refused by her father, who instead arranged her marriage at the age of 12.  St. Frances accepted this as God’s will for her life.  She was married for 40 years and had children, two of whom died from the plague.

In her time Rome was at war and the city was in chaos from political disarray and widespread disease.  St. Frances responded by converting her home into a hospital.  She drove with a wagon into the streets and collected the sick and stranded in order to care for them.  She miraculously cured many people, and also began the city’s first orphanage.

She inspired many women to join her in this life of prayer and good works, and eventually founded a congregation of lay oblates attached to the Benedictine monastery known as the Oblates of St. Frances of Rome.  After her husband’s death she entered religious life as the group’s superior.

One of the great mystics of her time, she dictated 97 visions and was visibly guided by her guardian angel throughout her life.  St. Frances of Rome is the patron saint of many causes, including motorists, pilots, women, widows, and against plague and the death of children.  On her feast day many priests bless cars due to her patronage of cars and drivers.

Her feast day is March 9th.

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A married woman must often leave God at the altar to find him in her household care.”

Saint Frances of Rome
Saint Francesca Romana Giving Alms, Baciccio

Hope every thing from the mercy of God; it is as boundless as His power.”

 Saint Frances of Rome

saint frances of rome

Saint Frances of Rome, model of charity, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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