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St. Rita of Cascia, WIDOW, Augustinian Nun - Feast Day: May 22

Born 1386 at Roccaparena, Umbria, Italy Died 22 May 1457 at the Augustinian convent at Cascia, Italy of tuberculosis Rita (Margherita Lotti) was born in 1381 in the city of Roccaporena a small suburb…More
Born 1386 at Roccaparena, Umbria, Italy
Died 22 May 1457 at the Augustinian convent at Cascia, Italy of tuberculosis

Rita (Margherita Lotti) was born in 1381 in the city of Roccaporena a small suburb of Cascia (near Spoleto, Umbria, Italy) where various sites connected with her are the focus of pilgrimages. Her parents, Antonio and Amata Ferri Lotti, were known to be noble, charitable persons, who gained the epithet Conciliatore di Cristo (English: Peacemakers of Christ). According to pious accounts, Rita was originally pursued by a notary named Gubbio but she resisted his offer. She was married at age twelve to a nobleman named Paolo Mancini. Her parents arranged her marriage, a common practice at the time, despite her repeated requests to be allowed to enter a convent of religious sisters. Her husband, Paolo Mancini, was known to be a rich, quick-tempered, immoral man, who had many enemies in the region of Cascia. Rita had her first child at the age of twelve.
Rita endured his insul…More