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Luigia Tincani

Luigia Tincani was born in Chieti on 25 March 1889. She spent her formative years in Bologna, where she practised her Dominican vocation of total dedication to God and the service of truth and charity, by educating young people in culture and schooling.  

She graduated in Pedagogy from Rome and Philosophy from the Catholic University of Milan, and immediately devoted herself to creating many initiatives for education and the apostolate in schools. She chose St. Catherine of Siena as her holy mother and teacher, from whom the name of the new religious fraternity, the Unione S. Caterina da Siena gets its name. In 1923, Pius XI gave her new spiritual order headed by herself the name of Missionarie della Scuola because of its predominantly missionary character and its preaching of the Gospel often in unfamiliar places such as public schools. Luigia Tincani was made Mother Superior for life. 

In 1939, Luigia Tincani set up the Istituto Superiore di Magistero "Maria Ss. Assunta" with the help of Pope Pius XII and in conjunction with Cardinal Giuseppe Pizzardo. This later became the Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta (LUMSA). Luigia Tincani built her educational career on intellectual charity, or the belief that study and education are the paths that best serve young people. 

The benevolence and esteem of supreme pontiffs was a great support to Luigia Tincani, who lived faithfully according to her vocation, in the most amiable simplicity.

Luigia Tincani died on 31 May 1976 and is buried in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome, opposite St. Catherine of Siena. On 27 June 2011, the Holy Father Benedict XVI authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to proclaim a decree concerning the heroic virtues of Luigia Tincani, Servant of God. Since then Luigia Tincani has been given the title Venerable.