Venerable María Lorenza Requenses de Longo

illustration of Venerable María Lorenza Requenses de Longo, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Maria Llonc


Born to the Spanish nobility. Married to the Regent of the Viceroy of Naples, she and her husband moved to Naples, Italy in 1506. In the early 16th-century, Maria developed a form of paralysis, and when she recovered, she took the name Maria Lorenza. Widowed, she devoted herself and her riches to caring for the poor of Naples. Built the hospital of Santa Mara del Popolo, also known as the Hospital of the Incurables. Founded the Capuchin Poor Clare Nuns and the monastery of Saint Mary of Jerusalem for Capuchin nuns.





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  • “Venerable María Lorenza Requenses de Longo“. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 January 2021. Web. 24 February 2021. <>