November 13 – Saint Agostina Livia Pietrantoni: Patron Saint of Abuse Victims, against Poverty

Saint Agostina Livia Pietrantoni: Patron Saint of Abuse Victims, against Poverty (Feast Date: November 13)

Extract from St. Agostina Petrantoni: “Olivia, later known as “Livia”, was confirmed at age four and received first Holy Communion c. 1876. From an early age she worked in fields and tended animals. . . . She refused offers of marriage and, believing she had a vocation to religious life, traveled to Rome with her uncle. Some had suggested that she sought religious life to escape hard work. To them she is said to have replied, “I wish to choose a Congregation in which there is work both day and night.” But in Rome, she was turned away. A few months later, the Mother General of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Jeanne-Antide Thouret communicated that Livia was expected at the Generalate. She arrived in Rome, aged 22, on March 23, 1886. After postulancy and the novitiate, she received the name “Saint Agostina” and at that time had a premonition that she would indeed become a saint by that name. Sister Agostina was sent to Holy Spirit Hospital. . . . In the course of her work, Sister Agostina found a private corner of the hospital in which to pray the patients, including Joseph Romanelli, an adult male patient who harrassed her with obscenities and threatening notes. . . . . Romanelli was eventually expelled from the hospital for harrassing women who worked in the hospital laundry. He continued to harrass Sister Agostina, sending threats of ‘I will kill you with my own hands’ and ‘Sister Agostina, you have only a month to live.’ On November 13, 1894 Joseph Romanelli attacked Sister Agostina and killed her. As she was dying, she was heard only to utter words of forgiveness and invocations to Mary.” See PICTURE of St. Agostina Petrantoni. See also:  Agostina Livia Pietrantoni (Multilingual), Catholic.net – Agustina Livia Pietrantoni, Santa (SP), Agostina Livia Pietrantoni (1864-1894),  Saint Agostina Petrantoni.

 We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Agostina Livia Pietrantoni on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Poverty and Pollution in Indonesia (May 2012) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: May 7 – May 20, 2012.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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