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Brother Alphonsus de Peces

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A member of the Spanish Province of Friars Preachers, is deservedly ranked as one of the great apostles of the Rosary. His sanctity, the fruit by which the true Rosarian is ever known, was so eminent as to evoke special praise from the general chapter of his Order held at Lisbon in 1618. From his Convent of Saint Mary, at Barbadillo, he traversed the whole region about, every where preaching the Rosary, founding Confraternities, erecting shrines to Our Lady of the Rosary at the street corners and the waysides, and distributing chaplets to the poor. After many years of such apostolic labors, he peacefully departed this life in his convent at Barbadillo (1610), and is there buried under the Rosary altar.

MLA Citation

  • The Rosary Magazine, February 1905. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 April 2018. Web. 22 May 2018. <>

Brother Vincent Colegero

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Dominican who died in the Convent of Messina in 1677, has always enjoyed, in Sicily, the reputation of a saint. Perhaps the most prominent of his virtues was his zeal for the honor of God and the Blessed Virgin through the Rosary. It is narrated that during more than forty years he preached every feast day on this devotion, ever finding in it new thoughts in which to dwell and ever at tracting larger concourses of hearers.

MLA Citation

  • The Rosary Magazine, February 1905. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 April 2018. Web. 22 May 2018. <>

Brother Giovanni Leonardi

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Born at Lettere, a town near Naples, in the latter part of the sixteenth century. From boyhood he was a fervent client of Our Lady of the Rosary, and worshippers in the parish church of Lettere saw him every day prostrate for hours before the altar of the Blessed Virgin, as the loved beads glided between his fingers. When he was seventeen years of age, the Rosary Confraternity was established at Lettere, and the first members chose him as the Prior of the Sodality. Not long after, he took the Dominican habit in the Convent of the Blessed Virgin at Naples, in fulfillment of a vow he had made. While passing through the streets of Naples he had fallen into an open cistern and was in imminent danger of drowning; but he was rescued from his peril, after he had called on Our Lady of the Rosary and vowed to her that if saved he would enter the Order of Preachers. In after life he became a celebrated preacher and promoted the devotion of the Rosary with great success in the city of Naples. He died in the odor of sanctity, renowned for prophecy and miracles, 12 February 1621.

MLA Citation

  • The Rosary Magazine, February 1905. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 April 2018. Web. 22 May 2018. <>

Mother Pauline-Louise Pinczon du Sel

Mother Pauline-Louise Pinczon du SelProfile

Founded the Sisters of Our Lady of Grace of Saint Thomas of Villanova, who today are part of the Sisters of Saint Thomas of Villanova. Her Cause for Canonization has opened.

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Additional Information

  • The Holiness of the Church in the 19th Century
  • other sites in english

MLA Citation

  • “Mother Pauline-Louise Pinczon du Sel“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 March 2018. Web. 22 May 2018. <>

Sister Theresia Steiner

Also known as

  • Sister Maria Agnese Chiara of the Sacred Side of Jesus
  • Sister Agnes Clara of the Wound in the Side of Jesus

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Born to a poor family, she was a pious child who early felt a call to religious life. Joined the Poor Clare nuns in Assisi, Italy. Her Cause for Canonization has opened.

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MLA Citation

  • “Sister Theresia Steiner“. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 March 2018. Web. 22 May 2018. <>

Sister Anna Moes

Also known as

  • Maria Dominika Klara of the Holy Cross
  • Maria Dominica Clara Moes

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Dominican nun. Visionary. Her Cause for Canonization has begun.

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MLA Citation

  • “Sister Anna Moes“. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 March 2018. Web. 22 May 2018. <>

Mother Élisabeth-Théodelinde Bourcin-Dubouché

19th century portrait of Mother Élisabeth-Théodelinde Bourcin-Dubouché, artist unknownAlso known as

  • Mère Marie-Thérèse du Cœur de Jésus
  • Mother Marie-Thérèse of the Heart of Jesus
  • Théodelinde Bourcin-Dubouché
  • Théo (her family nickname)

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Daughter of Jean-Baptiste Bourcin du Bouché, Sieur du Bouchet, a senior government official, and Marie Elisabethe Carlotta Marini; Élisabeth grew up in a home that ignored religion, but she went to church for social reasons, learned the basics of the faith, and began to pray regularly. In 1833 she began studying with the painter François-Louis Dejuinne, and immediately showed great talent, skill and dedication. As her skill as an artist grew, so did her love of the faith, the sacraments, and of people around her whom she saw suffering.

In 1835, while in prayer, Theo was struck down by a sense of the love of God. Overwhelmed, she began studying the Bible, and approached her priest about the matter; he said she should discern if she had a call to religious life. On 25 February 1847, she had a vision of the face of the crucified Jesus with two drops of blood coming from His mouth. In early 1848 she sought permission from the Prioress of Carmel to create a Carmelite Third Order, regular and secular; on 6 August 1848, she formed the first community of the Sœurs de l’Adoration Réparatrice (Sisters of Adoration and Reparation). Théodelinde took the Carmelite habit on Pentecost, 27 May 1849, made her profession on 29 May, and took the name Mother Marie-Thérèse of the Heart of Jesus. She was joined by 13 sisters on 13 June 1849, and in 1850 she founded a second community in Lyon, France. By 1854 they had grown enough to take over a former Ursuline monastery in Paris. On 19 April 1855 she was received in private audience by Pope Pius IX who commended the Sisters for their work.

On 8 November 1855 Mother Marie-Thérèse was badly burned in a fire in the chapel of the Sisters; she had rushed into the building to save the Blessed Eucharist that had been reserved there. She lived and worked another eight years in terrible pain, but managed to make a start on the mother-house of the Sisters. The Sisters continue their good work today in France and Ireland, and the Cause for Canonization of Mother Marie-Thérèse has opened.

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Readings

I see! I see! I see! – Mother Theo’s dying words

MLA Citation

  • “Mother Élisabeth-Théodelinde Bourcin-Dubouché“. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 March 2018. Web. 22 May 2018. <>

Sister Angela Arenare

Sister Angela ArenareAlso known as

  • Maria Giuliana of the Blessed Sacrament

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Daughter of a noted physician. Member of the Servite Nuns of the Third Order Regular (Mantellate). When the daughter of Marquis Vigo was severely ill, Sister Angela offered herself in place of the girl; she became fatally ill, and the child recovered. Her Cause for Canonization has opened.

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MLA Citation

  • “Sister Angela Arenare“. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 March 2018. Web. 22 May 2018. <>

Mother Luigia Borgiotti

Mother Luigia BorgiottiAlso known as

  • Aloysia Borgiotti

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Daughter of a prominent attorney. Though hers was a pious family, Luigia grew up a somewhat silly girl devoted to social life. However, in her late teens her piety increased, she developed a devotion to the Via Crusis, and at age 18 she had an unexplained conversion experience, decided to surrender completely to God, made a personal vow of chastity, and took over the running of her home and the care of her mother and two brothers, all three of whom were invalids. Following their deaths, in 1834 Luigia joined the Compagnia delle Umiliate (Company of the Humble) in Turin, Italy, a group whose mission was to care for the sick poor in their own homes, and those who came to the hospital of San Giovanni. In every sick person, Luigia saw the image of the suffering Christ; she worked with the Company for 31 years, eventually serving as vice-prioress. At age 62, she worked with Blessed Marco Antonio Durando to co-found the Daughters of the Passion of Jesus the Nazorean (Nazarene Sisters) in Turin. The Sisters also care for the sick at home, and Luigia served as their superior for the final eight years of her life. Her Cause for Canonization has opened.

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MLA Citation

  • “Mother Luigia Borgiotti“. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 March 2018. Web. 22 May 2018. <>

Mother Maria Concetta Saraceni

Mother Maria Concetta SaraceniAlso known as

  • Maria Cherubina Chiara of Saint Francis
  • Maria Cherubina Clara Saraceni

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Born to a poor family. Joined the Poor Clare nuns in Assisi, Italy in May 1845, eventually serving as their Mother Vicaress. She had a great devotion to the Eucharist, and to prayer for the success of missionaries. She was known as a mystic, a miracle worker, and for the visions and revelations she received. Her Cause for Canonization has opened.

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MLA Citation

  • “Mother Maria Concetta Saraceni“. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 March 2018. Web. 22 May 2018. <>