New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Rita of Cascia


Holy widow. Born in 1386 in Rocca Porena, Italy; died in 1456 at the convent of Cascia. She was a model wife and mother for 18 years. After the death of her husband and sons, she became a nun at the Augustinian convent at Cascia, and was noted for her mortification, and mystical gifts. She is specially honored in Spain, where she is called the “Saint of the Impossible,” owing to the wonderful favors obtained through her intercession. Represented holding roses and figs, sometimes with a wound in her forehead. Canonized in 1900. Feast, 22 May.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Rita of Cascia”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 July 2016. Web. 27 February 2021. <>