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Our Blessed Nuns

From the Proprium O.P.: "Bl. Diana d’Andalò was born at the beginning of the thirteenth century in Bologna where she later helped Bl. Reginald to build the priory. In 1219, while Dominic was making for Bologna, Diana was one of a group of young women who sought to enter the religious life in his hands. Having overcome the objections of her family so strong that they even broke her rib, she went to the monastery of St Agnes, established by Bl. Jordan of Saxony, where she was to become a true mother to the sisters until she died in 1236. Fifty letters written to her by Bl. Jordan survive, a beautiful testament to the spirituality of the Dominican family and to the fraternity between the brethren and the sisters. Her cult was confirmed by Leo XIII on 8 August 1888.


Bl. Cecilia was born at the beginning of the thirteenth century in Rome, and in 1221 moved from the monastery of Santa Maria in Tempulo to the monastery of San Sisto, where she became acquainted with St Dominic. She left a most faithful witness to his physical and spiritual character. Afterwards, at the end of 1223 or the beginning of 1224, she was sent by Honorius III with three of her sisters to introduce the spirit of St Dominic into the monastery of St Agnes founded by Bl. Diana. She died there in 1290 and her cult was approved by Leo XIII on 24 December 1891."


This painting from the Dominican Nuns' convent in Rome shows St Dominic and Blessed Jordan with Bl. Diana, Bl. Cecilia, and a third nun traditionally called Bl. Amata.

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Taken on September 6, 2010