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Saint Rose of Lima

Isabella Flores, commonly known as Rose, was born in Lima, Peru, in 1586. St. Rose of Lima became the first canonized saint of the Western Hemisphere and is the patroness of South America and the Philippines. Rose led a virtuous life and after receiving the habit of the Third Order of Saint Dominic, she lived a life of penance and prayer. She had a special devotion to Christ in the Eucharist and to Mary, the Mother of God. She desired to teach others the secret of prayer which made her a zealous promoter of the Rosary. She died in Lima in August 1617, and was canonized by Pope Clement X in 1671. Her Feast Day is celebrated on August 23.