- Margaret of Cortona
Daughter of Prince Odo Colonna of Palestrina, Italy. Her parents died when Margaret was young, and she had to care for her two brothers, the youngest of whom grew to be Cardinal James Colonna in 1278. Having refused a marriage offer by the chief magistrate of Rome, Margaret retired from the world, and turned the family castle near Palestrina into a retreat where she passed her time in piety and penance. Noted for charity to the poor, which was more than once miraculously rewarded. Through the influence of her brother the cardinal, Margaret obtained papal approval for a community of Urbanist Poor Clares at her castle, where she became superioress. Suffered her last seven years from a terribly painful ulcer, which she used as a chance to demonstrate resignation. After her death, her community move to the convent of San Silvestro in Capite in Rome, Italy, from where they were driven to the convent of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere in Rome.
- 30 December 1284 at Castel San Pietro, Rome, Italy of natural causes
- relics at the convent of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome
- “Blessed Margaret Colonna“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 June 2013. Web. 5 May 2015. <>