Blessed Maria Angela Alfieri

Blessed Maria Angela AlfieriAlso known as

  • Angel of San Vittore
  • Mother of San Vittore
  • Sister Enrichetta
  • Sister Henrietta



Nun, entering the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joan Antida Thouret on 20 December 1911, taking the name Enrichetta. She taught kindergarten in Vercelli, Italy for several years, but in 1917 she contracted Pott’s disease, a form of tuberculosis of the spine, and she was forced to stop working. A pilgrimage to Lourdes, France did nothing for her, but she was healed on 25 February 1923 through the intercession of Mary Immaculate. She recovered so completely that on 24 May 1923 she began prison ministry at San Vittore Prison in Milan, Italy. Her work with the prisoners was a great success, and she became known as the Mother and Angel of San Vittore.

When World War II broke out, San Vittore prison became an SS headquarters and holding area for Jews being sent to the concentration camps. Sister Enrichetta did what she could to help those prisoners, as well. When she tried to send messages between prisoners planning an escape, she was caught, imprisoned for several weeks, and sentenced to death. She was released through the intervention of Blessed Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster, Archbishop of Milan. Sister Enrichetta was transferred to the provincial house in Brescia, Italy, where she wrote an account of her imprisonment.





Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Maria Angela Alfieri“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 December 2009. Web. 3 September 2015. <>