Saint Rose Venerini (1656-1728) is an Italian Catholic saint who devoted her life to the education of young girls and the promotion of the Catholic faith.
Saint Rose Venerini is the patron saint of Catholic teachers, educators, and school girls. She is also venerated by those who seek her intercession for wisdom, guidance, and spiritual growth.
Rose Venerini was born in the town of Viterbo, Italy, into a wealthy family. After the death of her husband, she felt a need to use her resources and influence to help others. Rose invited local women to her home to pray the Rosary in a group. However, she was soon dismayed by the deficiencies she saw in their education and religious knowledge. This was the catalyst that pointed her towards her ultimate vocation in the field of teaching. With the support of some friends, she founded the first school for girls in Italy in 1686. Over the next several years, she established more schools and dedicated herself to the education and spiritual formation of young women.
Saint Rose was known for her unwavering devotion to the Catholic faith and her deep commitment to prayer. She was also known for her charity and her kindness to those in need. She had a particular love for the rosary and encouraged her students to pray it daily and see it as an important part of their spiritual growth.
She was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. Saint Rose Venerini is celebrated on May 7th, the date of her death. This day is a time to remember and honor her life and her contributions to the Catholic Church and to education.