Category Archives: Two Weeks of Worthy Women

Worthy Women: Gertrud Luckner

 Gertrud Luckner, an English born German, spent a year of her life living in England. That year was 1932, and by the time she returned to Germany, she found her country completely transformed. Gertrud was stunned and horrified, and realized … Continue reading

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Worthy Women: Bonifacia Rodríguez y Castro

Bonifacia Rodríguez grew up as the daughter of a tailor in 19th century Salamanca, caring for her siblings and occasionally assisting her father with sewing. By 1865, her last surviving sibling married and Bonifacia remained with her widowed mother while making … Continue reading

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Worthy Women: Germaine Ribière

Germaine Ribière was about 23 in 1940, when Germany speedily defeated the French army. In the wake, General Petatin assumed leadership over the Vichy government. He won the loyalty of many French Catholics, including Church leaders, by restoring many historical … Continue reading

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Worthy Women: Chiara Offreduccio

Do you recognize the name? This worthy saint is better known for the town in which her father’s palatial estate was located. And while she is often paired with a man named Francis, this woman was a force to be … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Mary Elizabeth Lange

Elizabeth Lange was born in French-speaking Hispaniola, but in childhood she became a refugee in those late-18th century Caribbean upheavals. She was reared and educated in Cuba, and by 1813, had settled with other French-speaking refugees in Baltimore. One of … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Hrotsvitha

She preceded Hildegard of Bingen by two centuries, and obviously, we don’t know a lot about Hrotsvitha–not nearly as much as we know about, say, the founders of Tridentine-era religious orders. What do we know? She was a canoness–pretty sure. … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Francesca Cabrini

Francesca Cabrini was born in Italy in 1850. Several orders denied her application to enter religious life in her teens. Why? Health concerns. It didn’t stop her from dedicating her life to God. She served as a teacher. Then she … Continue reading

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