Blessed Maria Anna Rosa Caiani

Blessed Maria Anna Rosa CaianiAlso known as

  • Maria Margherita



As a young woman, Maria felt a call to service and religious life. When her parents died, relieving her of family duties, she entered the Benedictine monastery at Pistoia, Italy on 4 October 1893. She determined quickly that it was not the life for her, and left after a month. After seeking spiritual direction, she began travelling her home region, teaching children in several places that lacked formal schools. Her work attracted other like-minded young women, and on 7 December 1901 she received diocesan approval to organize them as a formal religious community. On 15 December 1902 she took the habit, took the name Sister Maria Margherita, and the community became the Minims of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Franciscan Tertiaries who concentrated on teaching the young and caring for the elderly sick; they were later renamed the Minim Sisters of the Sacred Heart. Sister Maria made her profession on 17 October 1905. On 17 October 1915, Mother Maria Margherita became superior general of the Minims, and led them the remaining six years of her life.





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