Lucy Filippini

Lucy Filippini
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Born 16 January 1672
Corneto-Tarquinia, Italy
Died 25 March 1732 (aged 60)
Montefiascone, Italy
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified 13 June 1926 by Pope Pius XI
Canonized 22 June 1930 by Pope Pius XI
Major shrine Montefiascone Cathedral
Feast 25 March

Lucy Filippini (Italian: Santa Lucia Filippini) (13 January 1672 – 25 March 1732) is venerated as a Roman Catholic saint. She founded the Institute of the Maestre Pie, dedicated to the education of young girls.


Lucy Filippini was born on 13 January 1672 in Corneto-Tarquinia. She was the fifth and youngest child of Filippo Filippini and Maddalena Picchi.[1] She was orphaned at an early age. At the age of six, she went to live with her aristocratic aunt and uncle who encouraged her religious inclination by entrusting her education to the Benedictine nuns at Santa Lucia.[2]

Her career began under the patronage of Cardinal Marcantonio Barbarigo, who entrusted her with the work of founding schools for young women, especially the poor.[2] With Rose Venerini to train school teachers, she co-founded with Marcantonio Barbarigo the Pious Teachers (Religious Teachers Filippini), a group dedicated to the education of girls.[3] The young ladies of Montefiascone were taught domestic arts, weaving, embroidering, reading, and Christian doctrine. Twelve years later the Cardinal devised a set of rules to guide Lucy and her followers in the religious life. Fifty-two schools were established during Lucy's lifetime. Pope Clement XI, in 1707, called Lucy to Rome to start schools which he placed under his special protection.[4] She died of breast cancer in 1732, aged 60, at Montefiascone.


Lucy Filippini was canonized 22 June 1930. Her statue can be seen in the south nave of St. Peter's Basilica.[2] Her feast day is March 25.[5]

See also


Lucy Filippini, Statue in Saint Peter's Basilica by Silvio Silva, 1949
  1. ^ Butler, Alban (1 January 1999). Butler's Lives of the Saints: November. Liturgical Press. ISBN 9780814623794.
  2. ^ a b c "The Life of St. Lucy Filippini", St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Philadelphia
  3. ^ "Lucy Filippini", Catholic News Service, March 22, 2018
  4. ^ Profile of Saint Lucy Filippini Archived 5 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed 31 October 2014.
  5. ^ Bunson, Matthew; Bunson, Margaret; Bunson, Stephen (1 January 2003). Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing. ISBN 9781931709750.

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