Venerable Anna Maria Fiorelli Lapini

detail of a portrait of Venerable Anna Maria Fiorelli Lapini preserved in the Also known as

  • Anna Lapini
  • Anna of Florence


The fifth of eleven children born to Giuseppe Fiorelli, a barber, and Rosalinda Pecorai, a seamstress. From childhood Anna felt a call to religious life, but her family’s poverty limited her options, and on 18 February 1833 she married childhood friend Giovanni Lapini. They had no children, and Giovanni died in 1842, leaving Anna a widow at 35. On her own, Anna moved to the San Niccolò district of Florence, Italy, lived in complete poverty, and spent her time trying to help those even poorer than herself. In 1844 she founded a three room school for poor girls near Porta San Miniato, Florence. This was so successful that in 1845 she was able to move the school to a larger house which became known as Casa del Crocifisso (House of the Crucifix). In 1846, with the help of the Piarists, she and six like-minded companions and students moved the school to the much larger villa La Fantina where they could handle 90 students. The villa included a chapel, and it was there on 18 May 1846 that Anna founded the Poor Daughters of the Holy Stigmata of Saint Francis (Sisters of the Blessed Wounds; Stigmatines, Stimmatine), a Capuchin Franciscan Third Order who devote themselves to charity and the education of girls; she took the name Sister Anna and made her solemn profession in 1855. By 1853 the Stigmatines ran ten schools with 1200 children. The Institute received provisional Vatican approval on 23 July 1855, and definitive approval on 19 September 1888. The Poor Daughters continue their good work today with schools in several countries.




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  • “Venerable Anna Maria Fiorelli Lapini“. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 April 2020. Web. 4 August 2020. <>