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Brescia, Italy: Incorrupt Body Saint Angela Merici (founder of the Ursuline Order)


About Saint Angela Merici:

Born in 1474, Angela Merici had visions at the age of 15, telling her that she would lead other women to Christ.

On her way to the holy land, she was struck blind while in Crete. Despite objections from her friends, she continued on her journey. On her way back, she once again stopped in Crete, and her sight was restored as she was praying before a crucifix.

In 1535, in fulfillment of her earlier vision, she founded what would later become the Institute of Saint Ursula (Ursuline Sisters). Her Feast Day is celebrated on January 27th.


Incorrupt body of Saint Angela Merici in Brescia, Italy
Incorrupt body of Saint Angela Merici

About the Church of Saint Afra & Church of Saint Angela in Brescia:

During her life, Saint Angela Merici liked to pray the tombs of the Brescian martyrs at the Church of St. Afra in Brescia.

This church was virtually destroyed during World War II, and as a result a new church was built on the spot. The new church was dedicated to Saint Angela Merici, and the name of the Church of Saint Afra was given to another church.

Her incorrupt body can be seen here, as shown in the photo above.


Traveling to Brescia:

There is regular train service from Milan, and other cities, to Brescia. It is a fairly easy walk from the train station to the church. Get train & bus schedules, see fares & buy tickets here.

Address: Via Francesco Crispi, 271, 25121 Brescia

GPS coordinates: 45° 32′ 5.5572” N, 10° 13′ 30.0288” E

Tel: +39 030 230 4223

There is no official website for the Church itself.

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