Venerable Giacinta Gertrude Maurizi

detail from an antique Italian holy card of Venerable Giacinta Gertrude Maurizi, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Maria Luisa Maurizi
  • Maria Aloysia Maurizi

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Born to a prominent Roman family, the daughter of Ambrogio Maurizi, secretary of Cardinal Orsini, and Anna Lucia Albertini. Giacinta received a good education at home, and was known from her youth to be a pious girl. Taken to the theatre by family, she would pretend to watch while covertly praying a Rosary. Spiritual student of Saint Vincent Strambi. At age 22 she was finally able to leave the worldly life behind, entering the cloistered Dominican monastery of Santa Maria Maddalena al Quirinale. However, a serious eye ailment forced her to leave the cloister and return home.

On 3 March 1797, with the help of her family, Saint Vincent Strambi, and Maria Elisabetta Mastruzi, Giacinta took over an old monastery in Rome and founded a community of the Order of Mantellates (Servite Sisters) there. When the French invaded Rome in 1799, her convent was dispersed, and she was not able to return until 1801. She and her first eleven sisters made their profession on 21 May 1804 with Pope Pius VII in attendance; Giacinta took the name Sister Maria Luisa, and was immediately chosen superior of the community; she served as superior and novice-mistress the rest of her life. Friend of Saint Vincent Pallotti. She became a much sought after counselor, and more than 600 of her letters of advice to sisters, priests and others have survived.

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MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Giacinta Gertrude Maurizi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 March 2018. Web. 25 June 2018. <>