This 14th-century saint endured a great deal of violence and sadness in her life, including physical abuse and the death of her spouse and twin sons. She expressed interest in a religious vocation from early on, but was discouraged by her parents who thought that marriage would ensure her security. After the deaths of her family members, Saint Rita joined the nearby Augustinian convent. Saint Rita is the patron of impossible cases. She was recognized as a saint by Pope Leo XXIII and canonized on the Jubilee of 1900. Her feast day is May 22. Share this Catholic resource page about Saint Rita with your children and their families.