Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi and Maria Corsini

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The Quattrocchis in 1905

Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi (1880–1951) and Maria Corsini-Beltrame Quattrocchi (1884–1965) were two married laypeople who became the first couple to be beatified together, in 2001. According to Pope John Paul II, they lived an ordinary life in an extraordinary way.

Luigi was born in Catania on January 12, 1880 of Charles and Francesca Beltrame Vita. The second surname was added when Louis was raised (and then adopted) by Stefania and Luigi Quattrocchi, while maintaining a close relationship with his parents. He attended school at Ancona, then moved to Rome, where he lived until his death in the area of Esquiline: In Rome he graduated in 1902 with a thesis on Criminal Law.

Maria Luisa Corsini was born in Florence on June 24, 1884; since her father was a friend of the Quattrocchi family, she met Luigi; they got married on November 25, 1905, in Cappella Corsini, in the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, in Rome. She wrote many books about education, and was a Voluntary Nurse in the Italian Red Cross during the war.

They were among the organizers of many Catholic organizations:

Both were members of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Penance

They were buried in the crypt of the Santuario della Madonna del Divino Amore in Rome.


They had four children:

  • Filippo (October 15, 1906 - February 20, 2003), priest, known as don Tarcisio or don Tar.
  • Stefania (March 9, 1908 - March 1, 1993), nun, known as suor Cecilia.
  • Cesare (November 27, 1909 - December 31, 2008), priest, known as father Paolino. [1]
  • Enrichetta (April 6, 1914 - June 16, 2012).

Don Tarcisio and father Paolino joined ASCI as children, and later they became scout chaplains, after their ordinations. When ASCI joined with the girl guides and became AGESCI (Associazione Guide e Scouts Cattolici Italiani) both joined the new association, until their deaths.

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