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Saint Rose of Lima

Born: April 20, 1586 (Birth Name: Isabel Flores De Oliva) in Lima, Viceroyalty of Peru, Spanish Empire

Died: August 24, 1617 in Lima, Viceroyalty of Peru, Spanish Empire of Natural Causes

Venerated: Roman Catholic Church
Anglican Communion

Beatified: April 15, 1668 by Pope Clement IX

Canonized: April 12, 1671 by Pope Clement X

Feast Day: August 23
August 30 (some Latin American countries and pre-1970 General Roman Calendar)

Patronages: Against Vanity
Central America
Needle Workers
New World
People Ridiculed for their Piety
World Youth Day 2011
Places: India
Latin America
Santa Rosa, California
Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
Alcoy, Cebu, Philippines
Lima, Peru

Representation: Anchor (noted for being steadfast in hope and courage in spite of great sufferings)
Crown of Flowers
Crown of Roses
Dominican Tertiary holding Roses
Dominican Tertiary accompanied by the Holy Infant
Holy Infant

Isabel De Flores y Del Oliva, called Rose by her mother because of her red cheeks and confirmed with that name by Saint Turibius de Mogrovejo, was the first person in the Americas to be canonized as a Saint.  Born at Lima, Peru, in 1586, she worked long and hard to help support her family, growing flowers and doing embroidery and other needlework.

Having taken a vow of virginity early in life, she consistently refused to marry and at twenty years of age became a Dominican Tertiary, and lived in a summerhouse in the garden of her home.  Here she practiced extreme penance and mortification, modeling her life after that of Saint Catherine of Siena.

Saint Rose bore her many and great adversities with heroic patience and consoled the sick and suffering among the poor, Indians, and slaves.  Consequently, she is regarded as the originator of social service in Peru.  She died in 1617 at thirty-one years of age and was canonized in 1671 by Pope Clement X.

Prayer: God, You filled Saint Rose with love for You and enabled her to leave the world and be free for You through the austerity of penance.  Through her intercession, help us to follow her footsteps on earth and enjoy the torrent of Your delights in heaven.  Amen.