Saint of the Day – 21 March – Saint Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello

The Memorial of Saint Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello

Saint Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello is the Patron Saint of Benedictine Sisters of Providence
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Saint Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersNuns/Sisters who became Saints

Saint Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello brief life History

Date of Birth 2 October 1791
Country of Birth Italy in Europe
Profession Founder of the Benedictine Sisters of Providence
Place of Work Italy
Date of Death 21 March 1858 (aged 66)
Place of Death Ronco Scrivia, Genoa, Kingdom of Sardinia
Feast Day 21 March
Beatification By Pope John Paul II on 10 May 1987 at Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City
Canonization By Pope John Paul II on 19 May 2002 in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City
Patron Saint of Benedictine Sisters of Providence
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Saint Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello Short life History

Saint Benedicta Cambiagio Frassinello is also known as
• Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello
• Benedikta Frassinello
• Benedetta Cambiagio

She was daughter of Giuseppe and Francesca Cambiagio, she grew up in Pavia, Italy. At the age of 20 she had a profound mystical experience that left her devoted to prayer and desiring a religious life. However, to go along with her family’s wishes, she married Giovanni Battista Frassinella on 7 February 1816. The couple had a normal married life for two years, but Giovanni, impressed with Benedicta’s holiness and desire for religious life, agreed to live continently. The two took care of Benedicta’s little sister Maria until the girl’s death from intestinal cancer in 1825. Giovanni then joined the Somaschan Fathers, Benedicta became an Ursuline nun.

In 1826 ill health forced Benedicta to return home to Pavia. There she began to work with young women in the area. The work sent so well that her husband Giovanni was assigned to help. The schools continued to grow and prosper, and Benedicta was appointed Promoter of Public Instruction in Pavia. However, no matter how chastely they lived, Benedicta and Giovanni’s unusual relationship drew gossip and criticism from civil and Church authorities. To insure that she did not get in the way of the work, in 1838 Benedicta turned her work over to the bishop of Pavia, and withdrew to live as a nun at Ronco Scrivia, Italy.

Not content to withdraw from the world, Benedicta began all over. With five companions, she founded the Congregation of the Benedictine Sisters of Providence dedicated to teaching, and opened another school. Living alone, the local authorities found no causes for gossip, and Benedicta spent her remaining years in prayer and service.

Today’s Catholic Quote:

Saint Benedicta Cambiagio Frassinello was born on 2 October 1791 at Langasco, Campomorone, Italy as Benedetta Cambiagio and died on 21 March 1858 at Ronco Scrivia, Italy of natural causes

Saint Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello
Saint Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello