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seven servite foundersSeven men, born in Florence, were members of the Confraternity of Our Lady in Florence who withdrew to live the eremitical life on Monte Senario in 1233.   They preached throughout Tuscany and founded the Servants of Mary (Servite Friars), which received papal approval in 1304.  The Servites led an austere life of prayer and mortification, meditating constantly on the Lord’s Passion and venerating Our Lady of Sorrows.  Alexis Falconieri, one of the seven, died on this day in 1310. – CTS New Daily Missal 2012, p 2570; Christian Prayer, Saint Paul Publications Philippines 1990, p 1083.

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