St. Frances of Rome (1384 – 1440) was an Italian mother and mystic, or a person who experienced God supernaturally. Although she desired to become a nun, she accepted a marriage in obedience to her family. Her marriage was a happy one but much suffering came later. St. Frances lost two children to the plague and her husband was badly wounded by war. She helped the poor and sick, turning her house into a hospital. It was said that she could see her guardian angel who directed and protected her in her actions. Because of this, St. Frances is the patron saint of auto-mobile drivers. She is also the patroness of Benedictine Oblates. Her feast day is on 9 March.