Blessed Cecilia Eusepi

Blessed Cecilia EusepiAlso known as

  • Maria Angela

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Youngest of eleven children, Cecilia was baptized at the age of 9 days, and her father died when she was 2 months old. On 6 January 1915 the family moved to a small farm near Nepi, Italy, and came under the care of a maternal uncle. Cecilia received Confirmation on 27 May 1917, and made her First Communion on 2 October 1917. She was educated in a Cistercian convent school. In 1922 she joined the Servants of Mary (Servites) as a secular tertiary, receiving the scapular at the San Tolomeo ai Servi church, and taking the name Maria Angela. Member of Catholic Action.

Cecilia was drawn to religious life, and against her family’s wishes, she became a Servite postulant in 1923. She studied in Rome, Pistoia and Zara from 1923 to 1926, hoping to become a missionary, but contracted tuberculosis and on 23 October 1926 returned to the family farm. Though her health deteriorated, she became known for her spiritual insights, and was a counselor to seminarians and members of Catholic Action; local priests would ask her opinion on homilies they were planning. Her spiritual director, the Servite priest Gabriele Roschini, instructed her to keep a journal of her life and relationship with Christ. It covered the period 29 May 1927 to 12 September 1928 and was published as “Storia di un Pagliaccio” (“Story of a Clown”).

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  • “Blessed Cecilia Eusepi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 December 2019. Web. 28 November 2020. <>