St. Juliana Falconieri


 
Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/19


Patron Of: Bodily Ills, Sick People, Sickness

Also known as
    Giuliana Falconieri

Memorial
    19 June

Profile
    Only child of a wealthy Florentine noble family of Chiarissimo and Riguirdata Falconieri. Niece of Saint Alexis Falconieri. Her father died Juliana was very young, and her uncle Alexis had a great influence on her. Given to chronic gastric problems throughout her life. Legend says she never gazed into a mirror, never looked at a man's face, trembled at the mention of sin, and fainted upon hearing scandalous gossip.

    Refused an arranged marriage at age 14. Became a Servite tertiary in 1285, taking the habit from her spiritual director, Saint Philip Benizi. Helped form, and served as first superior of the Servite Order of Mary (Servite Nuns, the Mantellate Servites), which was formally established in 1304, and their first convent founded in 1305.

    At her death, unable to receive Holy Communion because of constant vomiting, she requested the priest to spread a corporal upon her breast and lay the Host on it. Soon after, the Host disappeared, Juliana died, and the image of the cross that had been on the Host was found on her breast.

Born
    1270 at Florence, Italy

Died
    12 June 1341 at Florence, Italy of natural causes
    relics at Saint Annunziata, Florence

Beatified
    26 July 1678 by Pope Innocent XI

Canonized
    16 June 1737 by Pope Clement XII

Patronage
    bodily ills
    sick people
    sickness



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