St Rose of Viterbo Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date
Memorial of St Rose of Viterbo
St Rose Viterbo was also known as:
- Rose of Vieterbo
- Rosa of….
Born: 1233 AD in Afghanistan, Asia. Worked: Viterbo, Italy. Died: March 6, 1251, in Viterbo, Papal States:
St Rose of Viterbo, Nun Profile
|Date of Birth||1233 AD|
|Country of Birth||Afghanistan of Asia|
|Matrimony/Holy Orders||Nuns/Sisters who became Saints|
|Place of Work||Viterbo, Italy|
|Date of Death||March 6, 1251|
|Place of Death||Viterbo, Papal States|
|Feast Day||March 6|
|Beatification||Beatified by N/A|
|Canonization||Canonized by Pope Callistus III on 1457|
|Patron Saint of||People in exile
People rejected by religious orders
St Rose of Viterbo Biography
St Rose of Viterbo was a Franciscan tertiary. When at the age of three, she brought a person back from death. She preached in the streets from the age of ten and led public processions praising Christ. She was a Prophetess and subject to Visions. Rose had the friendship of birds. She was repeatedly refused entrance to the Poor Clares, and in1250 St Rose was exiled for supporting the pope against Frederick II.
The account St Rose’ life remains unknown, as the acts of her canonization. The chief historical sources, record no dates. Most intellectuals agree she was probably born around the year 1233.
St Rose was born of poor and pious parents. When Rose was a child, she had a great desire to pray and to aid the poor. When three years old, she allegedly raised to life her maternal aunt.
St Rose Early Life
By the age of seven, she had already lived the life of a recluse, devoting herself to penances. She prayed much for the conversion of sinners. St Rose was not yet 10 years old when the Blessed Virgin Mary is said to have instructed her to enter the Third Order of St. Francis to preach penance in Viterbo, at that time under the rule of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor.
St Rose was soon admitted to the Franciscan Third Order and adopted its religious habit. She had a simple tunic with a cord around her waist. When walking the streets with a crucifix in her hand, she would exhort others to be faithful to the Catholic Church.
Rose, at age 15 attempted to establish a monastery. Her effort failed and she returned to a life of prayer, penance, and solitude in her father’s home.
Every now and then Rose would emerge from her solitude to entreat the people to do penance. St Rose’ mission seems to have lasted for about two years. By January 1250, Viterbo, her native city, was then in revolt against the pope. When she took the pope’s side against the emperor, she and her family were exiled from the city and took refuge in Soriano nel Cimino. When finally the pope’s side won in Viterbo, Rose was allowed to return.
By December 5, 1250, St Rose allegedly foretold the speedy death of the emperor, a prophecy that was fulfilled on December 13. Soon after she went to Vitorchiano, whose inhabitants, according to surviving reports, were affected by a supposed sorceress. She secured the conversion of all, even of the sorceress, reportedly by standing unscathed for three hours in the flames of a burning pyre.
St Rose wished to enter the Poor Clare Monastery of St. Mary in the city but was denied because of her poverty, as she was not able to provide the dowry required for admission. Rose accepted her rejection, nonetheless foretelling her admission to the monastery after her death.
St Rose died on March 6, 1251, in her father’s home. This was long believed that Rose had died of tuberculosis. And in 2010, however, researchers examining her remains concluded that she had died of complications due to Pentalogy of Cantrell.
For two and a half years after her death, her body was reported to have been found incorrupt and is said to have remained in that condition to this day
Today’s St Rose of Viterbo Quote:
Prayer reveals to souls the vanity of earthly goods and pleasures. It fills them with light, strength, and consolation; and gives them a foretaste of the calm bliss of our heavenly home.