Thursday, July 18, 2019

Blessed Irene Stefani Feast Day – 31 October – Saint of the Day

The Memorial of Blessed Irene Stefani

Blessed Irene Stefani is the Patron Saint of

1. Nyeri, Kenya
2. Consolata Missionaries

Blessed Irene Stefani Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date, Matrimony/Holy Orders, Nuns/Sisters who became Saints

Today’s Readings – Year B

Blessed Irene Stefani brief life History

Date of Birth 22 August 1891
Country of Birth Italy in Europe
Profession Consolata Missionary Sister
Place of Work Gikondi, Mukurweini, Nyeri, Kenya
Date of Death 31 October 1930 (aged 39)
Place of Death Gikondi, Mukurweini, Nyeri, Kenya
Feast Day 31 October
Beatification By Cardinal Polycarp Pengo on 23 May 2015 in Nyeri, Kenya
Canonization By Not Available
Patron Saint of 1. Nyeri, Kenya
2. Consolata Missionaries

Blessed Irene Stefani Feast Day Short life History

Blessed Irene Stefani’s name at birth was Aurelia Mercede Stefani. Shw was a Roman Catholic Italian nun and a member of the Consolata Missionary Sisters. She assumed the name “Irene” upon entrance into that order and she became a missionary in Kenya.

Stefani was cleared for beatification in 2014 after a miracle found to have been attributed to her intercession was ratified, and she was beatified on 23 May 2015 in Nyeri by Cardinal Polycarp Pengo on behalf of Pope Francis.

She was born in the small village of Anfo as one of twelve children and was baptized in the name of “Aurelia Jacoba Mercede” on the following 23 August.

Her mother died on 12 May 1907 and this left Stefani in the delicate position of the management of her siblings and assisting her father, especially in the Christian formation of her younger sisters Marietta and Antonietta, and her brother Ugo who died not long after this.

Stefani joined the Consolata Missionary Sisters in June 1911 and became a professed member of that order on 29 January 1914 prior to the beginning of World War I. Upon entering the order, she took the name of “Irene”. That same year, she was sent by Blessed Giuseppe Allamano to go to Kenya, leaving on 28 December 1914, where she arrived in January 1915.

Stefani served as a nurse in Kenya and became well known and well regarded among the people that she served. This earned her the nickname “Nyaatha” (Nyina wa tha), which is a name literally translated as “mother of mercy”. With the onslaught of World War I, she served in hospitals to tend to the wounded soldiers and those others wounded in the conflict.

On 20 August 1916, she was appointed as a Red Cross to assist the Carriers who were forced to march exhaustingly in the African terrain. During this time, she worked in military hospitals in places such as Lindi and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

At the conclusion of the war in 1918, Stefani returned to Nyeri where she first served as an assistant formator of the first aspirants of the incipient local congregation known as the Mary Immaculate Sisters.

Two years later, she was appointed to Our Lady of Divine Providence mission at Gikondi, remaining there until her death. There, she taught in schools and instructed parishioners in catechism while visiting the villages. At Gikondi, she was the Superior of the Consolata Missionary Sisters for eight years.

In 1930, Stefani contracted a disease from one of the patients she was treating and grew physically weak in the summer, losing a considerable amount of weight, bearing this as God’s will. On 20 October, she felt sick yet opted to visit a plague-stricken person, remaining at his bedside for several hours. She succumbed eleven days later, on 31 October 1930.

The cause of beatification commenced on 22 July 1985 under Pope John Paul II and Stefani was declared a Servant of God; this acted as the formal beginning of the cause and it saw the accumulation of documents and testimonies in order to support the cause.

On 2 April 2011, Pope Benedict XVI declared her to have lived a life of heroic virtue and declared her to be Venerable.

On 12 June 2014, Pope Francis approved a decree that recognized a miracle attributed to Stefani’s intercession which cleared the way for her beatification. It was celebrated by Cardinal Polycarp Pengo on 23 May 2015 in Nyeri.

Her beatification miracle involved keeping a holy water font full in a parish church in Nipepe, Diocese of Lichinga, Niassa, Mozambique in 1989; the font was the only water source for a group of refugee catechists who were hiding from warring “liberation” armies.

Today’s Blessed Irene Stefani Feast Day Quote:

Her beatification miracle involved keeping a holy water font full in a parish church in Nipepe, Diocese of Lichinga, Niassa, Mozambique in 1989; the font was the only water source for a group of refugee catechists who were hiding from warring “liberation” armies

Blessed Irene Stefani Feast Day
Blessed Irene Stefani Feast Day