Venerable Antonietta Giugliano, Foundress of the Little Servants of Christ the King

On the 21st of December 2018, the Holy Father Francis received His Eminence the Most Rev. Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in audience and authorized the Congregation to promulgate the Decree concerning the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Antonietta Giugliano, Foundress of the Little Servants of Christ the King, born in New York (United States) in 1909 and died in Portici (Naples, Italy) in 1960.

The Venerable Antoinetta Giugliano was formed in Franciscan spirituality under the guidance of the Venerable Sosio Del Prete, OFM priest. In 1935 she began the Institute of the Little Servants of Christ the King in Afragola (Naples). The new foundation was intended to offer a Christian response to various emergencies in the region, in particular assistance to abandoned elderly people as well as the education of the children of the people. Mother Antoinetta, inspired by Father Sosio, generously offered her family goods and above all her Christian and human virtues to this charitable project. Perfected in humility and fortitude through moral and physical suffering, she died in Portici (Naples) accompanied by a vast reputation for holiness. The Cause for her beatification started in 2006.