From North to South Umbria, taking in the lives and testimonies of women saints and blessed women.
Extraordinary histories. Buildings, precious paintings, and even objects of daily use, one needs to get closer to feel the spiritual experiences that these places still embody today. This itinerary pays homage to female saints, whom John Paul II, in his Mulieris Dignitatem, intended to recognise as actors of peace, serving the cause of life and love of their fellow humans. In Umbria you can get closer to the saints and mystics who lived here over the centuries, and take inspiration from their lives and testimonies for your own betterment.
Start from the North of Umbria and head towards the South. In Città di Castello, follow the life of Saint Veronica Giuliani (monastery of the Santa Chiara Capuchinesses), whose union with Christ took the shape of stigmata, and of Margherita the Blessed (San Domenico church), who transformed her physical sufferings into intellectual and spiritual fullness.
In Perugia you can follow the steps of Colomba da Rieti the Blessed (former monastery of Saint Peter and church of Saint Dominic) who, thanks to her visionary and thaumaturgical abilities, was able to work for peace in the city, which at the time was being ripped apart by warring. The most relevant testimonies have emerged from central-eastern Umbria. Of note is Santa Chiara of Assisi (Porziuncola, monastery of San Paolo delle Badesse, San Damiano, Basilica of Santa Chiara) who as a teenager left the family house to follow Saint Francis and his way of life.
Follow the story of three personalities who in their lives had different, but parallel itineraries towards Christian perfection: Blessed Angela of Foligno (Superior Basilica, San Matteo church, San Bartolomeo di Merano convent), Blessed Angelina of Montegiove (Sant'Anna monastery) and Santa Chiara of Montefalco (church of San Giovanni Battista, church of Santa Croce).
Among those who moved to the Apennines of the Umbrian-Marches area, the most venerated are Saint Rita of Cascia (Santa Maria Maddalena monastery, Roccaporena, Saint Rita sanctuary, Santa Maria collegiate church) known as the 'saint of lost causes', and Saint Scolastica of Norcia (San Benedetto church, Santa Scolastica church, and in Perugia, the abbey of San Pietro) who was the founder of female Benedictine monasticism.
The last step of this trip is in Narni, where Blessed Lucia was born (Sant'Agostino church, church of Santa Maria Maggiore) and experienced a mystical union to Christ from a very young age.