Blessed Florida Cevoli

12 June


Lucrezia Elena Cevoli was born in Pisa on 11 November 1685. In 1698, at the age of thirteen, she was entrusted to the non of Saint Martin in Pisa for her education. In the Spring of 1703 she entered the monastery of the Capuchin Poor Clares in Città di Castello.

Florida CevioliShe began her novitiate on 8 June 1703 under the instruction of Veronica Giuliani and professed solemn vows on 10 June 1705. In 1716 she was chosen as vicar of the monastery. After the death of Saint Veronica Giuliani in 1727 the sisters elected Florida as Abbess. In support of the cause of the beatification of her novice mistress, she erected a monastery in the house of the Giuliani in Mercatello in 1753.Florida died on 12 June 1767 after thirty days of 'burning fever.'The cause for her beatification began in 1838 and her heroic virtue was officially recognized on 19 June 1910.Pope John Paul II beatified her on 16 May 1993.

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