O God, giver of every gift, You kept Saint Lucy Filippini faithful in proclaiming Christ and witnessing to Him, the one Teacher and light of the world. Grant that, illumined by divine grace, we may persevere in listening to Your word and preach it by good works, and so be living signs of holiness and apostolic zeal.
Saint Lucy Filippini, born in Corneto Tarquinia, Viterbo in 1672 was formed in the spiritual life at the Monastery of Saint Clare at the behest of her bishop, Mark Anthony Cardinal Barbarigo. After finishing her spiritual formation the cardinal put Lucy, in collaboration with Rose Venerini, in charge of the Schools of Christian Doctrine that he founded in 1692. By 1707, Lucy went to Rome at the request of Pope Clement XI to direct his schools. Lucy died on March 25, 1732. She was beatified in 1926 and canonized in 1930 by Pope Pius XI.
Saint Lucy Filippini’s legacy as lived with the Filippini Sisters is “the mission of serving the Church with especially dedication to youth, in the manner of Jesus the Teacher and in the radicalness of the following of Christ.”