On 7th April 1905 – a young FMM, called Maria Assunta, died a victim of typhus. She was 27 years old and was a missionary in China for just less than a year. Her sisters surrounded her praying, when suddenly they felt
a perfume of violets.
Something extraordinary was happening ... It was a sign! But why a sign?
Maria Assunta had lived a life like so many others. Nothing special,
But what she lived, she lived it in depth!
Born on 20th August 1878 in the region of the Marches in Italy, in
Force, a small village perched on top of a hill, Maria Assunta shared
the simple, poor life of hard labour of her milieu and her family.
One day she heard this call: “Come and follow me". The family
bonds were strong. Her parents were opposed; her departure was
She knew that the call of God was demanding. And confident, at
the age of 20, she left all, left her native village behind and became
a Franciscan Missionary of Mary.
She began a new life – which seemed difficult in the beginning – but
she let God work in her, like a child marvelling to see her life
transformed by grace.