Blessed Alessandra Sabattini

Venerable Alessandra Sabattini, date, location and photographer unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial


A lifelong lay woman in the diocese of Rimini, Italy, she was the daughter of Giuseppi and Agnese Bonin Sabattini and had one brother. A pious girl, Alessandra made her First Communion on 3 May 1970, was Confirmed on 16 April 1972, and joined the Associazione Comunita Papal Giovanni XXIII (Pope John XXIII Community) at the age of 12.

She studied medicine with a plan to work with missionaries in Africa, and was engaged to a man named Guido. Alessandra spent her free time working with the poor, being consumed by the beatitude, ‘Blessed are the poor, the kingdom of Heaven is theirs’, volunteering in drug rehabilitation centers, and living poorer than the people she helped. She died from being struck by a motor vehicle and spending three days in a coma, and her Cause for Canonization presents her as a model for living heroic Christian virtues in a normal, working life.






A life lived without God is just a way of passing time, whether it’s boring or fun, time to be filled in while waiting for death. – from the diary of Blessed Alessandra when she was ten years old

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Alessandra Sabattini“. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 May 2020. Web. 17 April 2021. <>