Book of Saints – Saint Gemma Galgani

Saint Gemma GalganiArticle

April 11

Gemma was born near Lucca, Italy, in 1878. At the age of twenty she had an incurable tuberculosis of the spine. Through her prayers to Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother, she was cured.

Gemma tried to become a Passionist nun, but was rejected. She was again stricken with an illness. She lived a very prayerful life and suffered patiently. She said: “Jesus, I can bear no more. If it be your holy will, take me.”

Gemma died on 11 April 1903, as she lifted her eyes to a picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary and said: “Mother, I give my soul into your hands. Ask Jesus to be merciful to me.” She was only twenty-five years of age.

Gemma’s remains are in the chapel of the Passionist Sisters in Lucca. A table at her tomb states that she was more consumed by the fire of divine love than by her wasting disease.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Gemma Galgani”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 January 2019. Web. 23 January 2019. <>