“Peacemaker”, “Saint of the Impossible”, the “Saint Who Asks Too Much” are just a few of the many expressions used to describe one of the most popular saints of our times. With the canonization of Saint Rita in 1900, interest in and devotion to the “Precious Pearl of Umbria” spread rapidly not only in her native Italy, but throughout the world. As a woman who had experienced the various states of life as wife and widow, mother and nun, St Rita has much to say to women of every time and place. As a victim of violence and witness to forgiveness, she offers powerful testimony to men and women alike. This short biography will bring many to find in St Rita a model they can emulate and on whose intercession they can count in their time of need.