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Canonized: June 3, 2007

Feast Day: May 7

Saint Rose Venerini

St. Rose was born at Viterbo in Italy, the daughter of a doctor. Following the death of her fiancé she entered a convent, but soon returned home to care for her newly widowed mother. Meanwhile, Rose invited the women of the neighborhood to recite the rosary in her home, forming a sort of sodality with them.

As she looked to her future under the spiritual guidance of a Jesuit priest, Rose became convinced that she was called to become a teacher in the world rather than a contemplative nun in a convent. Clearly, she made the right choice: She was a born teacher, and the free school for girls she opened in 1685 was well received. Each day a little girl passed through the streets of town ringing a bell calling all the girls and young women of the city for the lessons to begin.

Soon the cardinal invited her to oversee the training of teachers and the administration of schools in his diocese of Montefiascone. As Rose’s reputation grew, she was called upon to organize schools in many parts of Italy, including Rome. Her disposition was right for the task as well, for Rose often met considerable opposition but was never deterred.

She died in Rome in 1728, where a number of miracles were attributed to her. She was beatified in 1952 and canonized in 2006. The sodality, or group of women she had invited to prayer, was ultimately given the rank of a religious congregation. Today, the so-called Venerini Sisters can be found in the United States and elsewhere, working among Italian immigrants.


Born: February 9, 1656

Died: May 7, 1728

Beatified: May 4, 1952

Courtesy of Catholic Online

Courtesy of Franciscan Media

I feel so nailed to the Will of God that nothing else matters, neither death nor life. I want what He wants; I want to serve Him as much as pleases Him and no more.

--St. Rose Venerini

The Refresh Your Faith Committee prayed that our Lord would assign a Patron Saint for the Conference.  Saint Rose Venerini could not be more perfect and we entrust that she invites YOU to attend the conference.

The beautiful painting depicting Saint Rose Venerini was painted by Jill Metz and donated to the conference.  She is a sacred artist whose paintbrush is divinely inspired by the Saints. As the conference committee was nudged to pick St. Rose so was Jill to paint her.  Don't miss studying the magnificent image of St. Rose on display at the conference.

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