September 2020 - St. Rosalia

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St. Rosalia

c. 1125–c. 1166

Feast: September 4

This Sicilian saint’s story comes mostly from local tradition. Born to a noble family near Palermo, she left home at 14 to live as a hermit. The cave she lived in has an inscription reading “I, Rosalia, … have decided to live in this cave for the love of my Lord Jesus Christ.” She later moved to a grotto on Mount Pellegrino, nearer Palermo. She died there; according to tradition, her remains gradually were buried by limestone deposits from stalagmites. In the 1600s, following two miraculous apparitions during a plague epidemic, she was named the patron saint of Palermo.

Northwest Catholic - September 2020