New Catholic Dictionary – Venerable Ursula Benincasa

Venerable Ursula BenincasaArticle

Foundress of the Order of Theatine Nuns, and of the Theatine Hermitesses. Rumors of her visions and ecstasies excited complaint and she was called to Rome and questioned by Gregory XIII, who placed her under the direction of Saint Philip Neri. He was much impressed by her piety. In 1583 she established near Castel Saint Elmo the Oblate Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, called Theatine Nuns, their habit resembling that of the Theatine clerics. Their rule included simple vows, active life, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. In 1617 she founded the contemplative Hermitesses. The rules of both were approved by Gregory XV in 1623. She introduced the wearing of the blue scapular of the Immaculate Conception. Commemorated, 20 October.



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  • “Venerable Ursula Benincasa”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 February 2016. Web. 29 November 2021. <>