Bl. Maria Gabriella

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 04/22

Patron Of: Against Poverty, Against Impoverishment, Against Sickness, Sick People, Against Bodily Ills, Against Death of Parents

Also known as
    Mary-Gabrielle Sagheddu


    22 April


    Born to a family of shepherds. As a child she was described as obstinate, critical, protesting, and rebellious - but loyal, and obedient; she would say no to a request - but act on it at once. At 18 she became gentler, her temper abated, she became involved in prayer and charity, and joined "Azione Cattolic," a Catholic youth movement. At 21 she entered the Trappestine monastery of Grottaferrata. When she was accepted, her attitude finally became "Now do what You will."

    When the community's leader explained a request for prayer and offering for the great cause of Christian Unity, Maria Gabriella felt compelled to offer her young life to the cause. Though she'd never been sick before, she suddenly developed tuberculosis. In a mere 15 months spent in prayer for Unity, it took her to her death.


    1914 at Dorgali, Sardinia, Italy


    23 April 1939 during Vespers of tuberculosis
    body found incorrupt in 1957
    relics in a chapel at the monastery of Vitorchiano


    25 January 1983 by Pope John Paul II




    against bodily ills
    against death of parents
    against impoverishment
    against poverty
    against sickness
    sick people

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


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