Frances of Rome

Frances of Rome
   Saint, Mystic and Order Founder.
   Frances was born in Rome and, despite her desire for the religious life, was married at the age of thirteen to Lorenzo de’ Ponziani. In 1425 she founded the Oblates of Mary, who were later called the Oblates of Tor de’ Specchi. This was a society of gentlewomen who were dedicated to prayer and good works, but who neither took vows, nor gave up their property, nor lived in enclosure. The order continues today and has branches in Switzerland and the United States of America. Frances became the first Superior of the community. In her later life she was subject to a series of visions, including one of her guardian angel, which is supposed to have stayed with her for several years. It was perhaps her special awareness of angelic guidance which led Pope Pius xi to nominate her as the patron saint of motorists.
   I. Hernaman, Life of St Frances of Rome (1931).

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