Blessed Costanza Starace

Blessed Costanza StaraceAlso known as

  • Maria Maddalena della Passione



Consecrated as a baby to Our Lady of Sorrows. Attended a boarding school run by the Daughters of Charity in Castellammare di Stabia, Italy. Costanza was attracted to the religious life, but for health reasons she returned to her parents and was taught by a tutor who also helped her start a regular prayer life. In her teens she tried to enter religious life twice, but her poor health caused her to return to her parents each time. She became a Servite tertiary, making her final profession on 18 June 1867, taking the name Sister Mary Magdalene of the Passion. Her bishop placed her in charge of the Pious Union of the Daughters of Mary, and she taught catechism to young people.

Following a series of cholera outbreaks, there was so much misery, and so many orphans in her area that Sister Mary Magdalene gathered like-minded women into a loose group to help the survivors. They formed the basis of the Suore Compassioniste Serve di Maria (Compassionist Sisters Servants of Mary) which received initial approval on 27 May 1871. Though she fought recurring health problems her remaining 50 years, Mother Mary Magdalene spent her life leading the Sisters.





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  • “Blessed Costanza Starace“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 February 2019. Web. 27 October 2021. <>