Beatified By: Pope John Paul II
Zeferino Agostini was born in Verona on September 24, 1813. He entered the seminary and was distinguished by his piety, his discipline, and his success in studies. He was ordained on March 11, 1837 and was immediately assigned to parish pastoral ministry in 1845 and he did not leave it until his death fifty years later. He started many social and pastoral initiatives in this very populated district of the city. To assist and continue his work, he founded in 1856 the congregation of the Ursuline Daughters of Mary Immaculate. He died at the age of 83 on April 6, 1896.
Gianna Francesca Beretta was born in Magenta in Italy. She was the tenth of thirteen children in her family, only nine of whom survived to adulthood. When she was three, her family moved to Bergamo, and she grew up in the Lombardy region of Italy. In 1942, Gianna ... continue readingMore Female Saints
The foremost Greek hymnographer, known as “the Melodist” because of the thousand compositions which are attributed to him. A native of Syria, he was of Jewish descent and became a deacon in the ... continue reading
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