Fracasso, Theodora

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      <br><br>Theodora Fracasso (Italian Teodora Fracasso), in monasticism Elia Saint Clement (Italian Elia di San Clemente, January 17, 1901, Bari, Apulia, Kingdom of Italy – December 25, 1927, ibid.) – Blessed Roman Catholic Church, Barefoot Carmelite nun (OCD), mystic.<br>Biography<br>Theodora Fracasso was born in Bari on January 17, 1901, into a large family of paints and varnishes merchant and housewife Pasqua, née Cianchi. In 1905, the family moved to a new house with a small garden, in which little Dora (that was the name of her relatives), among the lilies, according to the girl, appeared „a beautiful lady.» The adults explained this vision to her as a possible appearance of the Mother of God and an omen of a monastic vocation.<br><br>A year later, she entered a boarding school run by stigmatic nuns, where she studied until the third grade and separately completed embroidery and sewing courses in order to work to support her family. On May 8, 1911, Dora received the First Communion, on the night before which Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus appeared to her and said: „You will be a nun like me.»<br><br>The search for the of her vocation led her first to the Association of Blessed Imelda Lambertini, and then, with the blessing of her confessor, Dominican priest Peter Fiorillo, on April 20, 1914, Dora joined the Third Order of St. Dominic and took the new name of Agnes. On May 14, 1915, having received special permission, she took vows. During the First World War, local Dominicans were accused of espionage in favor of Austria-Hungary, with which the Kingdom of Italy was at war. The authorities closed their .<br><br>At the end of 1917, Dora met the Jesuit priest Sergio Di Gioia, who became her new confessor. On his advice and blessing, she began to prepare for entry into the monastery of barefoot Carmelites and on April 8, 1920 entered the monastery of St. Joseph in Bari, taking the new name Elia St. Clement. On December 4, 1921, she took temporary, and on February 11, 1925 – eternal monastic vows. In the monastery, Elia carried out various obediences, including being a sacristan.<br><br>Since 1926, she began to show the first symptoms of encephalitis, which caused her death. In January 1927, she fell ill with the flu, which further weakened her immune system. For a long time, Elia did not pay attention to her state of health. Only the day before his death, when the symptoms of the disease intensified and became irreversible, doctors were invited to the monastery, who diagnosed encephalitis (according to another version, meningitis).<br><br>Elia Saint Clement died in Bari at noon on December 25, 1927, on the feast of the Nativity of Christ.<br>Glorification<br>After the completion of the process of canonization of the ascetic on December 11, 1987, she was declared venerable. Pope Benedict XVI on March 18, 2006 canonized her.<br><br>Liturgical memory to her is completed on May 29.<br>

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