Saint Franca Visalta
- Also known as
- Franca of Piacenza
- 26 April
- Placed in the Benedictine convent of Saint Syrus at Piacenza, Italy in 1177 at age seven.
Professed at age 14.
Abbess while still young, but removed due to the severe austeries she imposed, and became isolated from most of her sisters.
However, one of the sisters, Carentia, agreed with her discipline.
When Carentia entered the Cistercian noviate at Rapallo, Franca persuaded her parents to build a Cistercian house at Montelana, which they both then entered.
Franca became abbess of the community, which later moved to Pittoli.
Maintained the strict austerities she imposed on herself, even in the face of failing health.
Spent most nights in chapel, praying for hours.
- 1170 at Piacenza, Italy
- by Pope Gregory X (cultus confirmed)
- Additional Information
Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
For All The Saints
Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson
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