The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Venerable Elizabeth Sanna

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The Venerable Elizabeth Sanna sanctified herself in widowhood. 165 She was born on April 23, 1788, at Codrignano, in the diocese of Sassari, Sardinia. Her people were simple farmers. After an innocent girlhood she married according to the desire of her parents and became the mother of five children. When her husband died she made a vow of chastity and resolved to consecrate herself entirely to the service of God. In 1831 she desired to make a pilgrimage to the holy places of Palestine in company with some tertiaries of Saint Francis. But she traveled no farther than Rome. Here she became acquainted with the Venerable Vincent Pallotti, to whom she disclosed the affairs of her soul. It was truly a dispensation of Providence. The saintly priest made such an impression upon her that she believed she could do nothing more profitable than to remain in Rome and confide her soul to his spiritual direction. She was not deceived. Pallotti became her adviser and guide, and helped her with enlightened prudence in her struggles for sanctification. A poor little house in the neighborhood of Saint Peter’s became her dwelling-place and she divided her time between works of love for God and works of charity for the neighbor. By her prayers and penance she obtained many favors for herself and others. She survived her director seven years and died on 19 February 1857. The process of her beatification was begun in 1879.

MLA Citation

  • Father Constantine Kempf, SJ. “Venerable Elizabeth Sanna”. The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century: Saintly Men and Women of Our Own Times, 1916. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 September 2018. Web. 19 November 2018. <>