Book of Saints – Margaret of Cortona


(Saint) (February 22) Penitent (13th century) Born at Laviano, a small town in Tuscany (A.D. 1247), Margaret strayed from the path of virtue in her youth and led a sinful life for about nine years. But the sudden death of one with whom she had sinned startled her; and, regarding it as a judgment from Heaven, she resolved upon doing lifelong penance for her past transgressions. With this intent she repaired to Cortona and placed herself under the direction of the Franciscan Fathers. She gave herself up thenceforth to prayer and chastising of the flesh, persevering in her efforts to atone in some measure for the evil she had done until her death, which happened A.D. 1297, twenty-four years after her conversion. She died at Cortona in the odour of sanctity, and was buried in the church of Saint Basil, later known as that of Saint Margaret.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Margaret of Cortona”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 November 2014. Web. 5 August 2021. <>