Costanza Ricci Curbastro (Born in Lugo on October 6th, 1856 – 1923)
Mother Margherita Ricci Curbastro – Servant of God
Sister of Gregorio, a famous mathematician, Costanza, along with the venerable Monsignor Marco Morelli, founded the Institute of the “Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Agony” on October 17th, 1888 and, devoting herself to religion, took on the name of Margherita.
Following the example of Mary, the humble Handmaid of the Lord, Handmaids are called to continue the redemptive work of Christ, offer refuge, be the living invocation to God and active witnesses of his presence and of the mission of the Church, through service to their brothers and sisters, especially the poorest. Their charisma is realized through educational and charitable activities in: schools from kindergarten to high school, parishes, and shelters. The Congregation is present in Italy and in foreign missions (Brazil, Philippines, Togo, and Colombia). “Witness to Divine Mercy”, Handmaid professes this through her preferential choice for the poor.
The heroic virtues of Costanza allowed the Diocese of Imola to open a process of beatification on July 14th, 1988.