Seven Holy Founders of the Servants of Mary
Feast Days: February 17
Time Period: 1240
Place: Florence, Italy
Patronage: Servite Order
These seven men were born in Florence, Italy. They led lives as hermits with a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. On Friday, April 13, 1240, they received a vision of Our Lady. Mary told them: “You will found a new order, and you will be my witnesses throughout the world. This is your name: Servants of Mary. This is your rule: that of Saint Augustine. And here is your distinctive sign: the black scapular, in memory of my sufferings.