Religious Nun Who Worked With St. Padre Pio Dies At 101

Religious Nun Who Worked With St. Padre Pio Dies At 101

Sister Consolata di Santo

Sister Consolata di Santo, was one of the first religious sisters to work in the hospital developed by St. Padre Pio. She died March 2 at age 101, according to the Italian publication Avvenire.

Born 1916 in Sant’Eramo al Colle, Italy, she was the youngest of 10 children, who all went on to be consecrated to God. Her mother, before she died and received Last Rites, had asked for this grace for her children, Avvenire reported.

In September 1955, Sister Consolata was one of three sisters who came to San Giovanni Rotondo, where the hospital was located.

She told Teleradio, that when she first met the saintly man (Padre Pio), she was struck by his “beautiful smile and playful demeanor.” He told the three sisters to not worry because other religious would arrive. Six months later, there were already 15 religious working in the “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza.”

Sister Consolata worked at the hospital for 20 years, caring for patients alongside Padre Pio.

In 1975, Sister Consolata stopped working at the hospital at age 59. According to Avvenire, she entered the cloister with the Capuchin Poor Clares to prepare for “a holy death,” believing that she would die within a few years. However, she would go on to live for 42 more years, in a life of prayer and poverty until her death in the first week of March. 

This article was originally published by ACI Stampa.

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