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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Saint's Corner: Gemma Galgani


Name: Gemma Galgani (Maria Gemma Umberta Pia Galgani)
Birth & Death: 12 March 1878 - 11 April 1903
Feast Day: 11 April
Country of Origin: Italy
History: Born to a poor family as the fifth of eight children, her mother died when she was a child. She was educated by the Sisters of St. Rita and was considered to be intelligent and excelled at school. She wanted to be a Passionist nun, but her poor health and her visions meant she was rejected. After her father died she took care of her siblings and worked as a housekeeper to support them, and she became a Passionist tertiary. She received the stigmata but her mysticism was viewed skeptically even by her own confessor. She died from tuberculosis at 25.

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