Saint Rose of Lima

Web-Ready-St.-Rose-of-Lima As the first Saint of the Americas, Saint Rose of Lima demonstrated devotion to her faith and her family.

Saint Rose hoped to devote her life to God, but her parents wanted her to marry. Rather than fighting her parents, Rose continued to honor them, while also attempting to convince them of the depth of her devotion to God. Eventually they assented and she was admitted as tertiary to Order of St. Dominic. Correspondence between Mother Mary Cleophas and Mr. Willet indicates that she replaced Saint Rita, an Italian Saint, with Saint Rose so that she would appear with the other “American” Saint, Kateri Tekakwitha.

In the window Saint Rose of Lima is shown with a Peruvian Lily, a symbol of both her nationality and her virginity, and a book. In the predella, a young Rose is depicted bringing flowers to her mother, symbolizing the beautiful blossoms she cultivated and sold to fund her charitable works.