Blessed Giuseppina Catanea

detail of a portrait of Blessed Giuseppina Catanea, date and artist unknown; photographed on 12 February 2012; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Pinella (childhood nickname in her family)
  • Sister Maria Giuseppina of Jesus Crucified
  • Marie-Joséphine de Jésus crucifié



Born to the Italian nobility, Giuseppina was known as a pious girl with great care for the poor, a devotion to Mary and the Eucharist, and for praying her rosary whenever she had a chance. She developed the heart condition angina pectoris in 1912, later contracted spinal tuberculosis, and was eventually confined to a wheelchair. Against her family’s objections, she joined the Carmelites on 10 March 1918. Following a pair of visions of Saint Francis Xavier, Giuseppina was miraculously cured on 26 June 1922; word leaked out and people from all over the region came to learn from her. In 1932 she received approval from Pope Pius XI to found a cloistered house of Discalced Carmelites; she took the name Sister Maria Giuseppina of Jesus Crucified and made her solemn profession on 6 August 1932. Sub-prioress in 1934. In 1943 she developed multiple sclerosis, began to lose her sight, and in 1944 was again confined to a wheelchair. As intructed by her spiritual director, she began writing an autobiography and spiritual journal for the benefit of the sisters who might learn from her. Chosen vicar in early 1945, and then prioress on 29 September 1945, a position she held the rest of her life.





Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Giuseppina Catanea“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 September 2021. Web. 6 December 2021. <>