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Saint of the Week: St. Rita of Cascia

May 18th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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St. Rita of Cascia

Feast Day: May 22

Born near Spoleto, Italy, Rita wanted to be a nun but married in

St. Francis Convent Springfield IL

St. Rita of Cascia (CNS)

deference to her parents. For nearly 20 years, she endured her profligate husband’s mistreatment. Following his violent death, she was admitted after three refusals to an Augustinian convent at Cascia, where she spent the next 40 years. She is remembered for her devoted care of sick nuns and for a deep forehead wound that lasted 15 years, caused she said by a thorn from Christ’s crown of thorns. She has a large popular following, and is invoked in Italy for difficult situations.

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