My Dad has always told me & my siblings that we had a great-great-aunt who founded a religious order in Italy.
The only details he knew, though, was that her name was Barbara Micarelli, and she was born in Sulmona, Italy.
Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, I can actually find websites dedicated to her memory and learn quite a bit about her life.
Barbara Micarelli was born on December 3, 1845 in Sulmona, Italy.
The order she founded in 1879, when she was 34 years old, was the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus.
Her "clear vision was to dedicate her whole life to the welfare of the poor, the orphans and the abandoned."
I've looked up information about her before out of curiosity, but I randomly came across a current news item that prompted me to post more information about her. Members of her congregation have just commemorated the centennial anniversary of her death: