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Seven Holy Founders of the Servants of Mary

Feast Days: 
February 17
Time Period: 
1240
Place: 
Florence, Italy
Patronage: 
Servite Order
Summary: 

These seven men were born in Florence, Italy.  They led lives as hermits with a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.   On Friday, April 13, 1240, they received a vision of Our Lady.   Mary told them:  "You will found a new order, and you will be my witnesses throughout the world. This is your name: Servants of Mary. This is your rule: that of Saint Augustine. And here is your distinctive sign: the black scapular, in memory of my sufferings.”

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