Maria Grazia Tarallo (1866-1912), was born and raised in a pious family, and received Christian education in Naples, Italy. At an early age of five, Maria made a private vow of virginity in front of the statue of Our Lady. At the age of 22, she desired to enter a convent, but unfortunately, her parents did not consent and desired her to marry. However, the young man whom had proposed to Maria had died before the wedding, and Maria entered the Sisters Crucified Adorers of the Eucharist on the first of June 1891, and took the name Sister Maria of the Passion in Barra. She then served as a novice mistress and a spiritual guide for the sisters, and worked in the kitchen, laundry, and as porter. Blessed Maria’s life of charity, deep prayer, and devotion to her Congregation and the Eucharist is known.
Fr. Anthony Casamento
Fr Anthony is a priest of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel, and is currently the Director of Identity and Mission at the Australian Catholic University.