Sunday Forums in Lent: This week – Saint Rosalia

Join us on Zoom for our Lenten Series highlighting the lives of Five Saints, one each Sunday. We will share a little history lesson about the restorative faith of these saints, claim the spiritual wisdom from their stories and contemplate how these inspiring examples might just challenge us to change our own lives and the trajectories of our own stories. Join us! The week’s forum (Sunday, February 28) will be:

Legend has it that in 1625, as a plague swept Palermo and killed dozens of people each day, Saint Rosalia appeared before a man. Rosalia, a young Sicilian hermit who died 500 years earlier, told him that if the people of Palermo walked in procession while carrying her relics, to be found in a grotto on Monte Pellegrino, then the “evil fever” would disappear.

Now, 400 years later, Palermitans are asking her for another miracle: free the city of coronavirus, which has killed nearly 100,000 Italians.

Who was Saint Rosalia? In his painting “Saint Rosalie Interceding for the Plague-stricken of Palermo,” 17th century artist Anthony van Dyck depicts a young woman with flowing blonde hair, wearing a Franciscan cowl and reaching down toward the city of Palermo in its time of peril.

Using her as a lens, we’ll discuss the past & present human response to pandemics.

Join us for this brief presentation by Lisa Krieger. Questions and insights invited.