Mother Assunta Marchetti

Assunta Marchetti was born in Lombrici di Camaiore, (Lucca), Italy on August 15 1871. Since her youth she longed for a life of total dedication and self giving to God. However, her domestic responsibilities, her mother's sickness and her father's untimely death prevented her from fulfilling immediately her aspirations.

In 1895 she accepted the invitation from her brother, Fr. Giuseppe Marchetti, to follow him in his mission to Brazil to care for orphaned children of Italian emigrants. Faithful to her vocation she, her mother and two other young ladies were introduced to Bishop Scalabrini as "The Servants of the Orphans and the abandoned children". It was October 25, 1895.

For Mother Assunta, Jesus was present in the poor, in the orphans, in the sick, in the migrants. She was happy to have been called to the "honor of the apostolate" in the service of charity among the most abandoned.

She dedicated her youth to the little ones, becoming a mother to the orphans. In her heart she longed to close her days on earth in the company of her beloved little orphans.

For the Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters, Mother Assunta is a pillar and a model of tireless missionary spirit and of courageous dedication to the service of charity.

She was wounded in the leg as she was visiting a sick person and this caused her many years of suffering. She died in the orphanage in São Paulo, Brazil on July 1, 1948.

The diocesan process of Mother Assunta's beatification ended on October 25, 1991 in São Paulo. It is now continuing in Rome with the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Many have attributed favors to her intercession and the diocesan process on the validity of an alleged miracle attributed to her intercession is now underway.

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