Our Foundress

Blessed Maria Domenica Brun Barbantini

1789 – 1868

Foundress of the Sister Ministers of the Sick of St. Camillus
(Camillian Sisters)

MARIA DOMENICA BRUN BARBANTINI was born in Lucca, Italy, on January 17, 1789. She got married at the age of 22 to Salvatore Barbantini, who died a sudden death barely six months after their marriage leaving her heavy with a child. Lorenzo, the only fruit of their marriage and the “greatest treasure” of her life, was also taken away from her at the age of eight. This excruciating experience led Maria Domenica to a full realization and acceptance of the mysterious plans of God for her. She dedicated herself to their service as a woman of strong faith, exceptional courage, and extraordinary compassion for others, especially the sick and the poor. Through this strong commitment, God chose her to found a new Congregation – the Sister Ministers of the Sick of St. Camillus (the Camillian Sisters). On May 22, 1868, she died and left an inspiring memory and an exemplary holy life dedicated to the sick and the needy. The Church recognized her as a model for all Christians, and on May 7, 1995, she was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy.