Maria Repetto was the oldest child of a very large and pious family from Voltaggio, Italy. She was born on November 1, 1807. Out of the eleven children in her family, one son entered the priesthood and four daughters, including Maria, became nuns. Maria entered the convent of the Daughters of Our Lady of Refuge in Genoa on May 7, 1829, and professed final vows in 1831. She was employed by her superiors in various positions such as washerwoman, infirmarian, and as a seamstress/embroiderer. In the latter position, she was tasked with making table clothes to sell, as well as the sacred linens and vestments used for liturgical celebrations. Sr. Maria took pride in creating beautiful things for the Lord.
In addition to being a hardworking member of her community, Sr. Maria also practiced a very deep prayer life, a trait that obviously originated from her excellent upbringing. She had a special love for the Blessed Sacrament and spent much of her free time praying before the Tabernacle. Sometimes she spent entire nights praying in the chapel, but it never interfered with her duties in the convent.
Bl. Maria Repetto was deeply
devoted to St. Joseph.
|Pope John Paul II praying|
before the remains of Bl. Maria