St. Juliana Falconieri
June 19, 2024
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 19 of June, repeating indefinitely
Born in Florence in 1270 to parents who had lost all hope of being blessed with children, St. Juliana was from the illustrious Falconieri family in Italy. After her birth, her parents devoted themselves solely to the exercises of religion and built and founded at their own expense the stately church of the Annunciation of Our Lady in Florence. At sixteen, St. Juliana was received by St. Philip Benizi, General of the Servite Order, among the Mantellatae, the third order of Servites. She often spent whole days in prayer and frequently received great heavenly favors. She never let slip any opportunity of performing offices of charity towards her neighbors especially of reconciling enemies, reclaiming sinners and serving the sick. Due to her severe illness, she was deprived of receiving the Eucharist on her deathbed. The Sacred Host, however, was brought into her cell and there suddenly disappeared out of the hands of the priest. After her death the figure of the Host was found imprinted on the left side of her breast by which prodigy it was judged that Christ had miraculously satisfied her holy desire. She had a great devotion to the Holy Eucharist and practiced to a rare degree the Servite devotion to the Sorrows of Our Lady. She died at the age of 70.