- Agostina Pietrantoni
- Livia Pietrantoni
- Livia Petrantoni
Born to a small farm family, the daughter of Francesco Pietrantoni and Caterina Costantini. Nurse at the Holy Spirit Hospital, near the Vatican, in Rome in 1886. She joined the Sisters of Charity, a congregation dedicated to service to the sick, in 1887, taking the name Agostina. Worked with the critically ill and contagious, catching typhus and malaria in the process. After she caught tuberculosis, she worked in the TB ward where a patient stabbed her to death during a rape attempt; she died praying that he be forgiven.
All is too little for the Lord. – Saint Agostina
We will lie down for such a long time after death that it is worth while to keep standing while we are alive. Let us work now; one day we will rest. – Saint Agostina
Sister Agostina understood that the love of Jesus requires generous service to one’s brothers, in whose faces, especially that of the neediest, is reflected the face of Christ. ‘God’ was the only ‘compass’ which guided all the decisions of her life. The evangelical ideal of charity to the brethren, specially the smallest, the sick, the abandoned, also led Agostina to the heights of sanctity. Ready to face any sacrifice – an heroic witness of charity – she paid with her blood the price of faithfulness to Love. – Pope John Paul II
- “Saint Agostina Petrantoni“. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 April 2015. Web. 29 July 2015. <>