St Maria Goretti

Wolcott, Connecticut

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The story of St. Maria Goretti is both inspiring and sad. Her death in 1902, at the age of eleven, was the result of a violent sexual assault. Because of this, Maria is considered to be a “martyr of chastity.” The forgiveness she granted to her assailant eventually resulted in his conversion. Maria is the youngest canonized saint. St. Maria Goretti was declared a saint by Pope Pius XII in 1950. Her mother attended her canonization, and is the only parent of a saint ever to have done so. St. Maria Goretti’s intercession is sought for rape victims, those who have lost parents, girls, young people in general, as well as against poverty.

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St. Maria Goretti began as a mission of St. Pius X, established by Archbishop John F. Whealon on June 24, 1971, to serve the northeast section of Wolcott. First Masses were celebrated on July 31 and August 1 by newly appointed mission pastor Father Gerald C. Mullins.

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