St. Rose of Lima

Julie Lonneman

Artist's Narrative:
Rose was born with the name Isabel, but she was such a beautiful baby that she was compared to a rose, and the name stayed with her. She lived a life of prayer in a small hut on her parents' property while she was a teenager. When suitors called, she deliberately tried to make herself look less attractive.

Frustrated by her parents' wish for her to marry, she eventually took a vow of virginity and joined the Dominicans. She never stopped loving her parents deeply, however. At one point, they were experiencing financial difficulties, so Rose sold flowers during the day and sewed at night to support them. She also extended her kindness to the poor of Lima by turning part of her family's home into an infirmary for the sick. Through her work, she developed a close friendship with St. Martin de Porres, a fellow minister to the poor of Lima.
—ND Vision, University of Notre Dame

Peru, 1586-1617.

Her feast day is August 23.


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