Short Biography of Luisa Piccarreta

From the Postulation for the Cause

Luisa Piccarreta was born in Corato, province of Bari, Italy on April 23, 1865.  She was baptized in the Mother Church and there received the first Sacraments in 1874.  When she was 11 she became a “Daughter of Mary” and as a teenager a third-order Dominican.  She received only a first grade education, and was called to serve our Lord as a victim soul at the tender age of 16.

On February 2, 1899, she was given the obedience by her spiritual director to begin a diary of her spiritual experiences, which she continued until 1938:  36 notebooks which detail her intimate rapport with heaven.

In 1926 she wrote her autobiography under obedience to her extraordinary spiritual director and Censor of her Writings, Saint Annibale Maria Di Francia.  Her bed was her cell, her room her chapel, and her bed her Cross.  The word which gave her life was God’s own creative Word:  Fiat!…

When she spoke, it was only briefly, but very wisely; the example and counsel she gave was always illuminating.  Carrying invisibly the wounds of our Lord in her own crucified body made her a rare victim of intercession for mankind for more than 60 years, and any physical illness.  Her nourishment for the most part of her life consisted of God’s Most Holy Will and the Eucharist.

Luisa, Precursor of the Sanctifying Third Fiat, chosen by God for the holy mission of proclaiming God’s Kingdom:  “His Will now done on earth as it is in heaven”, was called into the fullness of that Kingdom on March 4, 1947.

On November 20, 1994 in the Mother Church of Corato, Mons. Carmelo Cassati, Archbishop of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie, having received the “non obstare” from the Holy See, blessed the opening of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, secular third order Dominican.

With the Archbishop himself as president of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal, joined by enthusiastic faithful from southern Italy and from around the world, Luisa began her triumphal journey toward the Honors of the Altar.

Whoever has received particular graces attributed to the intercession of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta is requested to wrote to:

Postulation for the Cause of Beatification Luisa Piccarreta
Palazzo Arcivescovile
70059 Trani (BA) Italy


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