Today the Church celebrates Saint Rita of Cassia

Santa Rita is patron of the Farms in Garanhuns / PE, Gararu / SE and Goiânia / GO

Today the Church celebrates Saint Rita of Cassia


The female unit was donated in 2004 by the Municipality of Garanhuns / PE, to implant a female therapeutic community. Some shelters are received with their minor children when they cannot stay with their families. And so the methodology of the house was outlined in practice, using one of the houses as a domestic daycare for children who need both the coexistence and love of their mothers and special activities for their growth, according to their ages.


This male unit was born through requests from those responsible, at the time, of the unit of Lagarto / SE, and of Bishop D. Mário Rino Sivieri, of Sergipe, to the Institution, to implant a unit on the property where previously there was work with minors in situation risk and that was disabled, in Gararu / SE. The Board authorized for a time to function together with the Lagarto Farm, becoming a new legal unit and with its own Local Board on 05/10/2005.


The female unit came about through the volunteer Mr. Maria Alice Roriz Camara, who after years of assisting in units in the state of Tocantins felt the desire to set up a Fazenda da Esperança in Goiânia. This desire was shared with Archbishop D. Washington Cruz, who agreed with the idea, as he already knew the founder of Fazenda da Esperança, for participating in the Franciscan charism and the Focolare Movement. The site for the implantation was donated by the Augustinian Society of Education and Assistance, taking advantage of the installation of the old Social Work Jesus Bom Pastor, which functioned as a recovery center. On 09/11/2016 a Eucharistic celebration was held, with the presence of the two founders of Fazenda da Esperança, Iraci da Silva Leite and Lucilene Rosendo dos Santos to announce to society that there would be a new Fazenda da Esperança unit in the city, the which was inaugurated in 2017.

Biography of Santa Rita de Cássia

Santa Rita de Cássia did not have an easy life. She was an obedient daughter and faithful wife, but mistreated by her husband. She became a widow and saw her children die. However, her love for Jesus Christ led her to be the saint of the impossible and patron of those in need for miracles that God performed during her life and after her death. His party is celebrated on May 22nd.

She was born in 1381, in Italy, at a time of conquest, rebellion and corruption. Like her parents, she was illiterate, but God gave her the grace to read. She wanted to be religious, but her parents chose a husband and she accepted it obediently.

Her husband had bad habits, drank a lot, was a womanizer and mistreated her. But, Saint Rita remained faithful in prayer. They had twin children who had the same temperament as their father. After 20 years of marriage, her husband was converted, Rita forgave him, and together they came even closer to the life of faith. One day, he did not return home and was found murdered.

The children vowed to avenge their father's death and Santa Rita's pain increased even more. Not even their pleas made them give up. The distressed mother pleaded with the Lord to save her children and take their lives before they themselves condemned themselves to a mortal sin. Thus, both suffered from a terrible disease and before they died they forgave the murderers.

Later, Saint Rita wanted to join the congregation of the Augustinian Sisters, but it was not easy, because she had been married and because of the dark death of her husband. She put herself in prayer and one night she heard that her name was called three times. He opened the door and found St. Augustine, St. Nicholas of Tolentine and St. John the Baptist, of whom he was very devout.

They asked her to follow them and, after walking through the streets, she felt that they were lifting her up in the air and pushing her gently towards Cassia until she was on top of the Monastery of Santa Maria Madalena. There, he was ecstatic and when he came to, he was inside the Monastery and the Augustinian nuns could no longer deny his entry into the community.

He made his religious profession in the same year (1417) and was put to the test with hard trials by his superiors. Santa Rita received the stigmas and marks of the crown of thorns on her head. Unlike other saints with this gift, her wounds gave off a bad odor and she had to live in isolation for many years.

After a serious and painful illness, he left for the Father's House in 1457. The thorn wound on his forehead disappeared and a ruby ​​red spot was left in place, which had a delicious fragrance. Your body remains uncorrupted.

Source: Biography of Santa Rita via ACI Digital

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