St. Frances of Rome

St. Frances of Rome Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 03/09

Patron Of: Automobile Drivers, Cab Drivers, Death Of Children, Lay People, Motorists, people ridiculed for their piety, Widows

Also known as

    9 March

    An aristocrat by birth, her parents were Paul Bussa and Jacobella de' Roffredeschi. Married at age twelve to Lorenzo de' Ponziani; her marriage lasted 40 years. Mother of three in 1400, 1404, and 1407. Widow.

    Benedictine. Foundress of 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.

    On her feast day priests bless cars due to her patronage of cars and drivers. Frances certainly never drove, but legend says that when she went abroad at night, her guardian angel went before her lighting the road with a headlight-like lantern, keeping her safe in her travels.

    1384 in Rome, Italy

    1440 in Rome, Italy; relics at Saint Frances of Rome Church, Rome, Italy; entombed beneath the pavement of the Ponziani sacristy of the Church of Saint Cecilia, Rome, Italy

    29 May 1608 by Pope Paul V

    automobile drivers
    cab drivers
    death of children
    lay people
    people ridiculed for their piety
    Roman housewives
    taxi drivers

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All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


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