St. Magdalen of Canossa (1774 – 1835)
St. Magdalen of Canossa was an Italian nun who founded the Canossian Daughters of Charity. Although St. Magdalen came from an important family, she lost her parent at a young age. Seeing the extreme poverty around her, she felt God calling her to help the poor and sick. She was given an abandoned monastery where she took in poor children and gave them proper education. Soon her friends joined her and they formed the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity. Today, the Canossian Sisters have communities serving the poor and bearing witness to the Catholic faith on every continent of the world. St. Magdalen’s feast day is on 8 May.