Franciscan Saints

30th January

Saint Hyacintha Mariscotti

Virgin, Third Order

 St. Hyacintha Mariscotti (1585-1640), was religious of the Third Order of St. Francis and foundress of the Sacconi, also known as the Oblates of Mary.

 She was born near Viterbo, Italy of a wealthy, noble family, Hyacintha was a pious youth, but, became arrogantly class conscious, vain and frivolous as she grew older. When her younger sister married the man she, herself, desired as her spouse, she became both disappointed and depressed and took refuge from her sorrows in a Franciscan convent. Conversely, when she entered the convent, she refused to give up the luxuries of the world, and instead arrived at the convent with her own personal servants and chef. She came with a full supply of food, wore garments of the finest materials, and demanded a full suite of rooms, which she decorated excessively, Hyacintha received both male and female visitors as she liked. Thus, she lived a very worldly and luxurious life among those who had pledged themselves to lives of poverty and penance. She lived this way for ten years, contrary to her vows, and was a cause of scandal to the community.

One day, confined to bed due to illness, Hyacintha sent for her Confessor, who refused to enter her Suite when he saw how lavishly decorated it was. He warned her that there was no place for fools in heaven and strongly urged her to live a humbler life. Following this confrontation, Hyacintha resolved to change her ways. She made a public confession, moved to a small, dilapidated cell, cast-off her fine clothes, dressed in habits disposed of by the other nuns, went barefoot, prayed and fasted. She developed fervent devotions to the Mother of God, to the Holy Infant Jesus, to the Blessed Eucharist, and to the sufferings of Christ. Finally, the sister who had once been a source of scandal was elected vice-superior and mistress of novices by her fellow sisters -- becoming their mentor and model of holiness. She founded two confraternities, whose members were known as the Sacconi or the Oblates of Mary. One of these groups collected alms for the poor and cared for prisoners; the other provided homes for the elderly. Hyacintha was beatified by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726, and canonized in 1807, by Pius VII., who proclaimed that through her charity, she had “converted more souls than many preachers of her time.”


Francis told his friars: "Blessed is the servant who would accept correction, accusation, and blame from another as patiently as he would from himself. Blessed is the servant who when he is rebuked quietly agrees, respectfully submits, humbly admits his fault, and willingly makes amends" (Admonition XXII).

Prayer of the church

 O God, who didst transform the holy virgin Hyacintha into

a sacrifice of continual mortification and love, grant through her

example and intercession that we may bewail our sins and love

Thee at all times Through Christ our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth
Thee and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen




Heimann, Jean, M., January 2012, ed., St. Hyacintha Mariscotti, Catholic Fire, 19th December 2012 <>

 Prayer: Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed.,  The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois,

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