- Sueva Sforza
Daughter of Cattarina Colonna amd Count Guido Antonio of Montefeltro of Urbino. Orphaned as a child, she grew up in the Roman villa of her uncle, Prince Colonna. Married to Duke Alexander Sforza, Lord of Pesaro, Italy at age 16 in 1448. After several happy years together, Alexander began to lead a dissolute life. He fell for a woman named Pacifica, had an affair, tried to poison Sueva, and finally kicked her out of the house in 1457. She joined the Poor Clares at Pesaro, taking the name Seraphina, and spending much of her time praying for Alexander’s conversion. He eventually came to his senses and wanted Sueva back, but by then she had taken her vows. Twenty years a nun, she was elected abbess of her convent in 1475.
- 8 September 1478 at Pesaro, Italy of natural causes
- exhumed several years later, and found to be incorrupt
- entombed in the cathedral at Pesaro
- “Blessed Seraphina Sforza“. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 September 2014. Web. 26 March 2017. <>