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Feastday: June 28
Birth: 1784
Death: 1847

Co-foundress of the Sisters of Charity. A native of Lovere, Italy, originally named Catherine, she was orphaned in her youth and ever after gave her life to aiding the poor. About 1824, she and St. Bartolomea Capitanio founded the Sisters of Charity of Lovere to help the poor and sick and educate children, Following the passing of Bartolomea in 1833, Vincenza assumed the directorship of the Order and expanded its efforts until her death after a long illness on June 29. She was canonized in 1975 by Pope Paul VI (r. 1963-1978).

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