Daily Martyrology for March 9

In Rome, in 1440, St. Frances, patron of Benedictine oblates. She was educated and guided by an Olivetan monk who was serving at the church of Santa Maria Nuova. Although she wished to become a nun, she was married to a wealthy husband and had three children. She and her sister-in-law strove to be good mothers and spent time praying and visiting the sick. She gathered around her a group of like-minded women, called the “oblates of Tor de Specchi", who became a religious community. She joined them after her husband died.

In the convent of Corpus Domini, in Bologna, in 1463, St. Catherine de Vigri. She joined a group of Augustinian canonesses in Ferrera, and later went with some of them to the Poor Clares. She was sent as superior of a new foundation in Bologna. She wrote a number of books and was a painter of note, as well as the recipient of supernatural visions. Her body remains incorrupt, and is preserved in the chapel of her convent in Bologna to this day.

In 1857, in Mondonio, St. Dominic Savio. He was mentored by Don Bosco (January 31), who wrote that Dominic had extraordinary knowledge of people and future events. Dominic was a leader among his peers and graced with mystical experiences. He died at the age of fifteen.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.