The Memorial of Saint Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr
Saint Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr is the Patron Saint of Victims of rape, Crime victims, teenage girls, modern youth, Children of Mary
Saint Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersNot Married who became Saints
Saint Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr brief life History
|Date of Birth||October 16, 1890|
|Country of Birth||Italy in Europe|
|Profession||Young Poor girl doing household chores at home|
|Place of Work||At home in Nettuno, Province of Rome, Lazio, Kingdom of Italy|
|Date of Death||July 6, 1902|
|Place of Death||Nettuno, Province of Rome, Lazio, Kingdom of Italy|
|Feast Day||July 6|
|Beatification||By Pope Pius XII on April 27, 1947 in Rome|
|Canonization||By Pope Pius XII on June 24, 1950 in Rome|
|Patron Saint of||Victims of rape, Crime victims, teenage girls, modern youth, Children of Mary|
Saint Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr Short life History
St. Maria Teresa Goretti was born on October 16, 1890 in Corinaldo, in the Province of Ancona, then in the Kingdom of Italy. She is an Italian virgin-martyr of the Catholic Church, and one of the youngest canonized saints.
She was born to a farming family. Her father died when she was nine, and they had to share a house with another family, the Serenellis. Maria took over household duties while her mother, brothers, and sister worked in the fields.
One afternoon, Alessandro, the Serenellis’ son, made sexual advances to her. When she refused to submit to him, he stabbed her fourteen times.
She fought desperately and kept screaming, “No! It is a sin! God does not want it!” He first choked her, but when she insisted she would rather die than submit to him, he stabbed her eleven times. She tried to reach the door, but he stopped her by stabbing her three more times before running away.
She was taken to the hospital but she died forgiving him. He was arrested, convicted, and jailed. During imprisonment he repented.
After 27 years he was released from prison, and visited her mother to beg forgiveness, which she granted. He later became a lay brother in a monastery, dying peacefully in 1970. She was beatified in 1947, and canonized in 1950.