Venerable Florenzia Profilio, Foundress of the Institute of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Lipari

Promulgation of Decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

On 14 April 2018, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the Decrees regarding the heroic virtues of the Servant of God, Florenzia Giovanna Profilio, Founder of the Institute of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Lipari; born in Pirrera Lipari (Italy) on December 30, 1873 and died in Rome on February 21, 1956.

Venerable Florenzia Profilio

The venerable Florenzia Profilio was born on the island of Lipari (Italy) in 1873. She emigrated to New York (USA) with her family and embraced the religious vocation with the Tertiary Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. In 1905, at the invitation of Archbishop Francesco Raiti, Bishop of Lipari, she returned to Italy to start a new community in the service of the diocese on her native island. The development of the Institute of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate of Lipari gradually spread over time in several cities in Italy, as well as in Brazil and Peru. Mother Florenzia governed with the strength of her example more than with exhortation and words. Her evangelical lifestyle conquered the love and esteem of those who had the joy of spending time with her. She died in Rome on February 21, 1956. Her cause of canonization began in 1982.