Blessed Beatrice d’Este
Ferrara, 1230 – January 18, 1262
Roman Martyrology: At Ferrara, Blessed Beatrice d’Este, a nun, who, at the death of her husband, having renounced the kingdom of this world, consecrated to God in a monastery she founded under the Rule of Saint Benedict.
The little biographical information we have received from the nuns, from the will of her father, from the short biography of a Paduan monk, almost contemporary, from a mention in Chronica parva ferrariensis and the biography of a nun Ferrara (Monastery of St. Antonio Abate , Land of the privileges of the century. XVI and other copy of the century. XV in Bibl. Ariostea fund Antonelli, No. 503). 1 Bollandisti merely steps to bring various authors (Padovano, Signa, Benedictine Martyrology) and a miracle of 1628.
Daughter of Azzo IX (VII), Marquis d’Este and lord of Ferrara, and Giovanna di Puglia, Beatrice was born in Ferrara around 1230. Educated to the examples of Aunt Beatrice, a nun Gemmola (Padova), and grandmother Leonora di Savoia, she was given in marriage (1249) to Galeazzo, the son of Manfred and mayor of Vicenza. In raggiungerlo in Milan, she had the sad news of his death in battle against Frederick II, whereupon she returned to Ferrara and retired to monastic life nell’isoletta St. Lazarus, west of the city, with some maids of the court, she received the habit of s. Benedict. Having grown the number of religious, she obtained from Pope Innocent IV permission to move into the monastery of St. Stefano (1257), which was built at the church of S. Anthony Abbot, built in 1267. Beatrice makes her vows in the hands of Bishop John, embracing the rule of s. Benedict March 25, 1254. She lived a holy life, died January 18 1262, and not, as was thought, in Muratori, in 1270. She was buried in a wing of the great cloister which was transformed into a chapel, and her tomb was a pilgrimage site.
Clement XIV approved her cult on 23 July 1774 and Pope Pius VI granted the Mass and the Office in 1775, setting the celebration in the January 19, as 18 was using the festival, now deleted, Chair of the s. Peter’s in Rome. From her marble tomb, at certain times of the year, miraculously exudes a liquid and from her bones is emitted a delicate perfume. Many thanks obtained at public calamities make the place the object of great veneration.
SOURCE: Santi e Beati