Blessed Osanna Andreasi

detail from the painting 'L'Assunta con la Beata Osanna Andreasi', Ippolito Andreasi, c.1575Also known as

  • Hosanna Andreasi
  • Hosanna Andreassi
  • Hosanna of Mantua
  • Osanna Andreassi
  • Osanna of Mantua



Daughter of Italian nobles Nicolaus and Agnes. Reported to have had a vision of angels, paradise, and the Trinity at age five. Feeling called to religious life, she rejected a marriage arranged by her father, and became a Dominican tertiary at 17; she waited 37 years to complete her vows so she could care for her brothers and sisters after the death of her parents. Mystic who would fall into ecstasies whenever she spoke of God. Visionary who saw images of Christ bearing his cross. Had the pain of the stigmata along with red marks, but no bleeding. Helped the poor and sick, served as spiritual director for many, spent much of her family’s considerable fortune to help the unfortunate. Spoke out against decadence, and criticized the aristocracy for a lack of morality. Friend of Blessed Columba of Rieti. A record of her spiritual conversations with Girolamo de Monte Oliveto has survived.



  • 1505 of natural causes




O God, giver of all good things, you led Blessed Osanna to prefer the unsearchable riches of Christ above all else and to so teach others. By following her example and teaching may we grow in knowledge of you and faithfully live according to the light of the gospel. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. – General Calendar of the Order of Preachers


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Osanna Andreasi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 June 2020. Web. 26 October 2021. <>