Francesca Romana, Saint
ID:
 
614
 
Alternate Name:
 
Francesca Bussa de'Ponziani, nicknamed Ceccolella
 
Birth Date:
 
1380 (circa)
 
Death Date:
 
1440
 
Country:
 
Italy
 
Region:
 
Lazio (Latium)
 
Diocese:
 
Rome
 
Town:
 
Rome
 
Location of Work:
 
Rome
 
Spouse:
 
wife of the Roman nobleman Lorenzo de Ponziani (d. 1336)
 
Children:
 

Was a mother.

 
Social Status:
 

Francesca's social status was of the urban ruling class, a non-noble but very affluent group which largely derived its income from entreprenurial sucesses in the suburban real estate trade and development in livestock raising and marketing. From such sucesses the family of her husband, Lorenzo Ponziani, attained such wealth as to be considered one of the wealthiest in fifteenth century Rome. Politically both her father and her husband's father had been civic leaders and activists in opposing papal control of Rome.

 
Religious Titles:
 

Abbess (Founder)

 
Religious Roles:
 

Although Francesca Bussa de' Ponziani is often called the founder of what began as a "congregation" of women living separately in their husband's or father's homes, she seems to have been more a charismatic source of inspiration and encouragement than an administrator. We find a number of other women involved in the process of negotiating papal recognition and in the property exchanges which enabled various members of the group to settle together in a common residence. Francesca herself lived only sporadically in the house of the community she founded.

 
Date Sanctified:
 
1609
 
Brief Profile:
 

Francesca's religious and public authority derived from her active and admired role in several Roman hospitals, her courage in the face of political upheavals that rocked Rome in the early decades of the fifteenth century, her intense private devotions and her visions.

 
Misc Info:
 

Our knowledge of Francesca derives from a biography and a vision collection compiled by her confessor (a chaplain in Santa Maria in Trastevere), from several investigations or processi conducted to determine her sanctity, and from a handful of papal letters, wills and contracts. To a large extent these various kinds of documentation corroborate each other.

 
Contributor:
 
Katherine Gill
 
Community ID Global:
 
1070
 
Biography ID Global:
 
605