Bust of Umiliana de' Cerchi

800th Anniversary of Blessed Umiliana de’ Cerchi in 2019

The Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) is celebrating the 800th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Umiliana de’ Cerchi, a Franciscan tertiary who lived and died in Florence, Italy (1219-1246). She was proclaimed blessed in 1694.

Festivities took place throughout 2019, thanks to the Friars Minor Conventual at the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence. The friars are from the Italian Province of St. Francis of Assisi (Central Italy).

The celebrations began with the recognition of the relics of Blessed Umiliana. Her relics were returned to their restored urn on May 19, 2019.

Her life was filled with virtue and devotion to the Lord, as she traveled the road following the footsteps of our founder St. Francis

-Fr. Damian-Gheorghe PĂTRAŞCU, Postulator General

PHOTO: Silver bust of Blessed Umiliana in Santa Croce Museum in Florence, Italy| photo by Sailko – Creative Commons/wikimedia