- Anna Eugenia Picco
- Maria Angela Picco
Daughter of Giuseppe Picco, a famous touring musician, and Adelaide del Corno. Because her parents lived on the road, Eugenia was raised for years by her grandparents; however, at one point Adalaide returned alone, Eugenia moved in with her, and from that point grew up in a morally corrupt environment. To escape her mother‘s house, Eugenia spent part of every day praying at the nearby Basilica of Saint Ambrose. Around the age of 20, Eugenia felt a call to religious life and joined the Congregation of the Little Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Milan, Italy under the direction of its founder, Venerable Agostino Chieppi; she began her novitiate in Parma, Italy on 26 August 1888, and made her final vows in 1894. Eugenia served as novice mistress, archivist, general secretary, member of the council, and then as Superior General of the Congregation from 1911 until her death in 1921. She suffered throughout her adult life with a degenerative bone disease, and in 1919 it led to the amputation of her right leg. A courageous woman, she enriched the spiritual and cultural formation of the sisters, and was known for her devotion to the Eucharist and her work with the poor, especially children.
As Jesus has chosen bread, which is very common, so must my life be, common, approachable by all and, at the same time, humble and hidden, like bread. – Blessed Eugenia
Suffer, be silent, love. – life motto of Blessed Eugenia
- “Blessed Eugenia Picco“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 April 2015. Web. 10 October 2015. <>