Rosa Venerini was a nun who promoted public schooling for girls
She was another social pioneer, advocating education for young girls in
Italy. Living from 1656-1728, she founded the Congregation of the Holy
Venerini Teachers order of nuns and pushed to establish the first public
schools for girls in Italy.
| Excerpted from Pope
Benedict XVI's Homily
Venerini is another example of a faithful disciple of Christ, ready to give
up all in order to do the will of God. She loved to say: "I find myself so
bound to the divine will that neither death nor life is important: I want to
live as he wishes and I want to serve him as he likes, and nothing more" (Biografia
Andreucci, p. 515).
From here, from this surrender to God, sprang the
long-admired work that she courageously developed in favor of the spiritual
elevation and authentic emancipation of the young women of her time.
St. Rose did not content herself with providing the
girls an adequate education, but she was concerned with assuring their
complete formation, with sound references to the Church's doctrinal
Her own apostolic style continues to characterize the
life of the Congregation of the Religious Teachers Venerini which she
founded. And how timely and important for today's society is this service,
which puts them in the field of education and especially of the formation of