"Puritas, Fides et Misericordia" which means "Purity, Faith and Forgiveness"
House Mascot: Goretti Gladiators
House of the Year:
2007-2008 and 2011-2012
St. Maria Goretti, the patron Saint of youth, young women, purity, and victims of rape
b: 1890 d: 1902
Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16, 1890. In 1902 an 18-year-old neighbor, Alexander, grabbed her from her steps and tried to rape her. When Maria said that she would rather die than submit, Alexander began stabbing her with a knife. As she lay in the hospital, she forgave Alexander before she died. Her death didn't end her forgiveness, however. Alexander was captured and sentenced to thirty years. He was unrepentant until he had a dream that he was in a garden. Maria was there and gave him flowers. When he woke, he was a changed man, repenting of his crime and living a reformed life. When he was released after 27 years, he went directly to Maria's mother to beg her forgiveness, which she gave. "If my daughter can forgive him, who am I to withhold forgiveness," she said. Maria was declared a saint in 1950 and her attacker Alexander was there to celebrate her canonization. Her feast day is July 6.