St Gemma Galgani (d. 1903, Lucca, Italy) (Relics: Lucca, Italy)
First Class Relics
Monastero/Santuario di Santa Gemma
(Monastery/Sanctuary of St Gemma)
Via Tiglio 271
55100 Lucca, Toscana, Italy
*The body of St Gemma Galgani is enshrined beneath the main altar of this church. As a young woman she strongly desired to become a nun; however, her poor health prevented her from fulfilling this wish. Nevertheless, God bestowed upon her many incredible graces by uniting her to his passion and cross. At the age of twenty-one she received the stigmata and later she would go on to experience the scourging and the crowning of thorns. She embraced all of these sufferings for the conversion of sinners. At the age of twenty-five she passed away on the afternoon of Holy Saturday after a long fight with tuberculosis.