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St. Virginia Centurione Bracelli (1587 – 1651)

Widower, Virginia Centurione Bracelli was born on April 2, 1587, in Genoa, into the family of Giorgio Centurione, duke of the Republic of Liguria in the year 1621-1622, and Lelia Spinola. Both of them were of the ancient noble origin. She was baptized two days after her birth, and received her first religious and literary formation from her mother and private tutor. She soon felt the need for a cloistered life but she had to succumb to her father’s strong will and marry Gaspare Grimaldi Bracelli on December 10, 1602. Gaspare’s family was both illustrious and wealthy, but he was… Continue Reading