The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Venerable Maria Aloysia Maurizi

detail from an antique Italian holy card of Venerable Giacinta Gertrude Maurizi, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiArticle

The Venerable Maria Aloysia Maurizi, a member of the Order of Mantellates (Servite Sisters) and a lady of distinguished Roman ancestry, was born on 27 September 1770. She received an excellent education. The theater and other worldly amusements to which her father brought her made little impression on her deeply religious mind, and it is said that while present she would secretly say the Rosary or become absorbed in the contemplation of heavenly things. She felt the great loss of the family wealth doubly hard, because it left her without the dower necessary for entrance into a cloister. And when finally she did find admission into an Order without it, God sent her a new trial in a serious ailment of the eyes, which compelled her to return to her home. When the Masturzi family founded a convent of Mantellates at Rome in 1797, Aloysia was received through the influence of the Venerable Vincent Strambi. But the invasion of Rome by the French in 1799 dispersed the small community. Aloysia was not able to return to the little convent with her companions until 1801. Pope Pius VII approved the establishment and appeared in person at the first profession on 21 May 1804. Sister Aloysia was unanimously chosen superior. Our Lord richly endowed her with the special gift of His favor toward His elect – the cross. Struggles and difficulties both exterior and interior were not wanting to her. The more the artist retouches his work the more beautiful it becomes. Trials refined Aloysia’s love of God and brought out more clearly the heroism of her virtue and noble character. Her life offers many examples of extraordinary favors from Heaven. She died on 9 May 1831, and the decree of her heroic virtue was published in 1896.

MLA Citation

  • Father Constantine Kempf, SJ. “Venerable Maria Aloysia Maurizi”. The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century: Saintly Men and Women of Our Own Times, 1916. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 March 2018. Web. 30 November 2020. <>