Beatified By: Pope John Paul II
Maria Domenica Brun Barbantini was born on January 17, 1789 in Lucca, Italy. She got married at the age of 22 to Salvatore Barbantini who died a sudden death barely six months after their marriage leaving her heavy with child. Lorenzo, the only fruit of their marriage and the “greatest treasure” of her life, was also taken away from her at the age of eight. This was an excruciating experience which led Maria Domenica to a full realization and acceptance of the mysterious plans of God for her. As a woman of strong faith, exceptional courage, and extraordinary compassion for others, most especially the sick and the poor she totally dedicated herself to their service. It was through this strong commitment that God chose her to found a new Congregation – the Sisters Ministers of the Sick of St. Camillus (the Camillian Sisters).On May 22, 1868, she died and left behind an inspiring memory and an exemplary holy life, dedicated fully to the sick and the needy.
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By Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.
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