St. Frances Of Rome

St. Frances of Rome, Obl.S.B., (1384 – March 9, 1440), was born to the aristocracy. Married at age twelve to Lorenzo de’ Ponziani; her marriage lasted 40 years. She was the mother of three children. As a benedictine, she founded the Oblates of the Tor de’ Specchi (Collatines). Said to have been guided by an archangel only she could see. Spent her life and fortune, both as laywoman and religious, in the service of the sick and the poor, including the founding of the first home in Rome for abandoned children. Dictated 97 Visions, in which she saw many of the pains of Hell.


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