Blessed Mary FontanellaAlso known as Mary of the Angels
- Maria degli Angeli
- Maria Fontanella of the Angels
Born to the nobility, one of eleven children Count Fontenella of Santena, Italy. At age twelve she joined the Cistercians at Saluzzo, Italy. Unfortunately, Mary’s father died soon after, and Mary had to return home to help with the family. Four years later, over the protests of her family, she joined the Carmelites in Turin, Italy. Visionary and mystic, she was the victim of numerous demonic attacks. Novice mistress in 1691 at age 33. Prioress in 1694. Founded a Carmelite monastery at Moncalieri, Italy. Noted for her strong devotion to Saint Joseph.
Born 7 January 1661 at Balderino, Italy
Died 16 December 1717 at Turin, Italy of natural causes
Beatified 14 May 1865 by Pope Pius IX