New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Zita

detail of a stained glass window depicting Saint Zita of Lucca; design by Raphaël Freida, manufacture by Félix Gaudin, date unknown; Church of Saint-Honoré d'Eylau, Avenue Raymond Poincaré, 16th arrondissement of Paris, France; photographed on 12 September 2010 by GFreihalter; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Virgin (12181271), born Monsagrati, Tuscany; died Lucca. She was a servant in the household of the Fatinelli family of Lucca, from the age of twelve until her death. Her piety, humility, and exactitude in performing her domestic duties, in which she regarded herself as the servant of God rather than of man, won the love and respect of her employers and fellow-servants. She is especially venerated in Lucca, which the poets Dante and Fazio degli Uberti called “Santa Zita.” A community of sisters named after her, in New York, takes care of women who need help and protection from evil surroundings. Patroness of domestic servants. Canonized, 1696. Relics in Saint Frigidians’s church, Lucca. Feast, 27 April.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Zita”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 November 2018. Web. 18 April 2021. <>