Archive for July 5th, 2019

St. Maria Goretti relics in USA

5 July, 2019

St. Maria Goretti photo …

5 July, 2019


The only known photograph of St. Maria Goretti, dated to early 1902

Maria Goretti Canonised …

5 July, 2019

The Life and Death of St. Maria Goretti

5 July, 2019

6th July – Feast of St. Maria Goretti

5 July, 2019



O God, author of innocence and lover of chastity, who bestowed the grace of martyrdom on your handmaid, the Virgin Saint Maria Goretti, in her youth, grant, we pray, through her intercession, that, as you gave her a crown for her steadfastness, so we, too, may be firm in obeying your commandments. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

[Roman Missal, p. 946]

16 October 1890 – Maria Goretti is born in Corinaldo, Italy to Luigi Goretti and Assunta Carlini.

17 October 1890 – Maria is baptized in the Church of San Francesco in Corinaldo.

4 October 1896 – Maria is confirmed by Mons. Giulio Boschi, Bishop of Senigallia.

16 June 16, 1901 – Maria receives her First Holy Communion in the church of Conca, today called Borgo Montello

5 July 5, 1902 – Maria is mortally wounded at 3.30 p.m. by her neighbor, Alessandro Serenelli, who attacked her with intent to sexually abuse her. He was 20 years old.

6 July 1902 – Maria dies at the age of 11 years, 9 months and 21 days, after forgiving Alessandro.

31 May 1935 – Commencement of the informative process at Albano.

27 April 1947 – Maria is beatified by the Roman Catholic Church.

24 June 1950 – Maria Goretti is declared Saint in St. Peter’s Square, Rome.



What connection is there between St. Maria Goretti and the Passionist Congregation?

During the life of Maria Goretti the bond between her and the Passionists was forged. Small as it was, it was significant to Maria. She received her final instructions for her First Communion from a Passionist. Father Jerome of St. Michael the Archangel was given the task of preparing a group of youngsters for their Holy Communion. In this group was a young girl of twelve, Maria Goretti. She received preliminary instructions unde the direction of the pastor, Archpriest Temistocle Signori of Nettuno. However, the final work of preparation was entrusted to Father Jerome.

After the preparation itself Father Jerome himself gave Maria her First Communion. Both the date and the place of this event are uncertain.  The repeated testimony of Maria’s mother leads us to prefer the feast of Corpus Christi, 29th May 1902, as the most likely date. As regards the place it seems most probably that it was at Conca, although at least one writer states it was in the Passionist Church at Nettuno. Of this we cannot be certain.

After the death of Maria her body was buried in the ordinary cemetery at Nettuno. The people of the district, however, were not satisfied with such a common tomb. They wanted to have her buried in the Church of the Passionists, along the sea coast, at Nettuno. This was not possible at once however.  Nevertheless, a monument to Maria Goretti was erected in the Church.

During the war when the stage of the battle reached Nettuno, it was thought best to bring the body of Maria Goretti to Rome for safekeeping. There it remained until her beatification on 27th April 1947. On the feast of the Ascension in 1947 the body of Maria Goretti was returned to the Passionist Chuch at Nettuno. There it remains today, a place of pilgrimage for thousands of people.

The fact that the Passionists at Nettuno have the body of Saint Maria Goretti in their charge has become another bond with the Passionist Congregation.

Another link with the Passionists is the fact the the postulator of her cause for Beatification was Passionist Father Mauro.

The progress of her cause was rapid. On 1st June 1938 it was officially introduced at Rome. Nothwithstanding the war, things moved rapidly. On 25th March 1945 the decree of Martyrdom was issued. This decree eliminated much of the usual juridical processes, so the way was open to the Beatification of Maria.

The Beatification of Maria Goretti was followed by a grand triduum at the Basilica of Ss. John and Paul, the Basilica attached to the Generalate of the Passionists.  Over three hundred thousand people visited the Basilica the days following the Beatification Ceremony.

Almost at once the cause for Canonisation was introduced in Rome in July 1947. Passionist Father Mauro continued to serve as Postulator of the Cause for Maria Goretti.

On 25th June 1950 Maria Goretti was canonised a saint.