Venerable Maria Euphrasia Iaconis

Venerable Maria Euphrasia IaconisAlso known as

  • Maria Giuseppina Amalia Sofia Iaconis
  • Sister Euphrasia
  • Mother Euphrasia


The daughter of Luigi Antonio Iaconis and Maria Antonia Spina, she was baptized at the age of 9 days. Her aunt, Mother Maria Fabiano, founded the Charity Sisters, Daughters of the Immaculate Conception; Sofia joined the Sisters on 16 July 1886, taking the name Sister Euphrasia. She moved to Rome, Italy in 1887, made her profession on 16 July 1888, and became Superior in Rome on 1 January 1889.

On 2 August 1893, she and seven other Sisters set sail from Genoa, Italy for Buenos Aires, Argentina to care for sick Italian immigrants there. By 1899 there were five houses of the Sisters in Argentina.

In 1901, the Sisters‘ communities were dissolved by order of the Vatican. To reorganize them, Mother Euphrasia, with Vatican approval, founded the Daughters of the Divine Mother; they received episcopal recognition on 24 September 1904. On 17 December 1904, the congregation was renamed Daughters of the Immaculate Conception of Buenos Aires, and in 1906, the first group made their solemn profession. Mother Eufrasia spent her remaining years setting up the administration, training, novitiate and spiritual guidance for the Daughters.


  • 18 November 1867 in Casino di Calabria (modern Castelsilano), Italy



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Maria Euphrasia Iaconis“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 January 2020. Web. 7 May 2021. <>