known as Amabile Lucia ,Visintainer Pauline of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus
Profile The daughter of Antonio Napoleone
Visintainer and Anna Pianezzer, she was born to a poor but pious family. In September
1875 her family, along with 100 other folks, about a fifth of her home town, emigrated
from Italy to the state of Saint Catherine in Brazil to seek a better life. There
the Italian emigres founded the village of Vigolo (modern Nova Trento). Received
First Communion about age twelve. In her early teens Amabile began teaching children
catechism, visited the sick, and cleaned the church. On 12 July 1890 Amabile and
her friend Virginia Rosa Nicolodi were caring for a woman suffering from cancer.
From them and their work began the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Immaculate
Conception, approved by JosÚ de Camargo Barros, bishop of Curitiba. They and Teresa
Anna Maule took their religious vows in December 1890; Amabile took the name Sister
Pauline of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus.
grew quickly, and in 1903 Mother Pauline was elected Superior General for life.
Even with her new responsibilities, she left Nova Trento in late 1903 for Sa§
Paulo to work with orphans, the children of slaves, and aged slaves who had been
left to die because they could no longer work. In 1909 she was relieved of her
duties as Superior General by Duarte Leopoldo e Silva, Archbishop of Sa§ Paulo
following a series of disputes within the congregation. She was sent to work with
the sick and aged at the Hospice of Saint Vincent de Paul at Braganša Paulista.
She spent her spare time in prayer in support of the Congregation.
In 1918 she was recalled to the Congregation's motherhouse of Ipiranga. She lived
there for over 20 years, caring for sick sisters, praying, and living away from
the world. In 1938 her health began a long, slow decline as she fought a losing
battle with diabetes. The Congregation continues its work today in Argentina,
Chile, Nicaragua, Chad, Zambia, Mozambique and Italy. They combine interior spirituality
with service to those in need, drawing strength from devotion to the Eucharist,
the Immaculate Virgin, and Saint Joseph. She is the first Brazilian citizen to
Born 16 December 1865 in Vigolo Vattaro, Trent,
Italy as Amabile Lucia Visintainer
Died 9 July 1942 at Ipiranga,
Brazil of diabetic complications
Beatified 18 October 1991
by Pope John Paul II in Florianopolis, Saint Catherine, Brazil
19 May 2002 by Pope John Paul II at Rome, Italy
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