Lucy Filippini

1672-1732

Orphaned as a child, Lucy found a spiritual father in the bishop of Montefiascone and Corneto, Italy, who wanted to educate young people, especially young women. Working with him and Blessed Rose Venerini, Lucy helped form the Institute of the Maestre Pie and founded and maintained girls’ schools in that diocese and beyond. The institute, which came to be known as the Religious Teachers Filippini, is credited with the religious and social improvement of Italian women well before compulsory education.

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