Memorial of Bl. Archangela Girlani, January 29

January 29, 2019 |

Archangela was born Eleanora Girlani sometime during 1460. Her noble family lived in Trino, the Duchy of Savoy, which was part of the Holy Roman Empire. From here earliest days, Eleanora expressed a desire to enter religious life. Her education by the Benedictines led her to join their community. According to a story the horse she was riding on to the Benedictine monastery refused to take her there. A more likely reason was the closeness of the monastery to her family home.

Overcoming her parent’s objections, Eleanora, along with her sisters Maria and Frances, entered the Carmelite convent at Parma in 1477. Eleanora was seventeen at the time. She took the religious name Archangela and was professed in 1478. Eventually she was elected prioress of her community. She founded a new house, St. Mary of Paradise, in Mantua on February 18, 1492. She became and remained prioress until her death on January 25, 1495.

Blessed Archangela was known for a strong spiritual life. She had a devotion to the Holy Trinity. She was also reported to have gifts of ecstasies and miracles, including levitations.

Widespread devotions and reports of healings occurred after her death. She was beatified by Pope Pius IX on October 1, 1864.

Father in heaven,
you gave the virgin, Blessed Archangela Girlani,
particular devotion to the mystery of the eternal Trinity.
Through her prayers
May we taste the delights of your glory
Already here on earth,
And look upon you forever in heaven.
We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.

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