Saint Humility

Saint Humility
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Saint Humility transports bricks to the monastery.
Born c. 1226
Faenza, Italy
Died May 22, 1310
Florence, Italy
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Canonized January 27, 1720 by Pope Clement XI
Major shrine Convent of Spirito Santo, Varlungo, near Florence
Feast May 22
Attributes depicted as a nun
Patronage Faenza

Saint Humility (Humilitas; Italian: Umiltà) (c. 1226 – May 22, 1310) was a founder of Vallumbrosan convents, and is considered the founder of the Vallumbrosan Nuns.[1]


Born Rosanna Negusanti to a noble family from Faenza, she was married at the age of fifteen to a nobleman named Ugoletto (Ugonotto) dei Caccianemici (d. 1256). She bore two children, both of whom died in infancy. In 1250, Ugoletto became a monk upon recovering from an illness that nearly killed him. Rosanna entered the same double monastery of canonesses named Saint Perpetua, near Faenza, becoming a nun and taking the name Humilitas.

She became an anchoress in a cell attached to the Vallumbrosan church of Saint Apollinaris in Faenza, where she lived as a hermit or recluse for twelve years.

However, at the request of the abbot-general she founded a Vallumbrosan monastery (which became called Santa Maria Novella alla Malta) outside Faenza and became its abbess. Blessed Margherita became one of her disciples.

In 1282, she founded a second convent at Florence, dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist, where she died in 1310 of natural causes. She left a number of mystical writings. She is most known for composing and preaching nine Latin sermons, and for writing Lauds to the Virgin Mary in verse.

She was canonized on January 27, 1720, by Pope Clement XI.

Her feast day is celebrated on May 22.

The relics of Humility and her disciple Margherita are venerated at the convent of Spirito Santo at Varlungo [it] near Florence.

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