Oil Dedicated to Sandra Sabattini
Sandra Sabattini was an Italian Roman Catholic and a member of the Associazione Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII. Sabattini first joined the association after meeting its founder Oreste Benzi in her late childhood and began to work alongside drug addicts and ill people with the dream of becoming part of the medical missions in Africa.
Don Benzi pushed and lobbied for her process for beatification to be launched and this permission was granted over two decades later not long before Benzi himself died. The cause opened and she became titled as a Servant of God.
Sandra Sabattini was born on 19 August 1961 in Rimini at the Riccione Hospital as the first of two children to Giuseppe Sabattini and Agnese Bonini; her brother was Raffaele, now a medical doctor working at Ceccarini Hospital in Riccione.
Sabattini’s pious nature as a child extended to keeping a journal since 27 January 1972 in order to record her spiritual thoughts. In summer 1974 she took part in a summer program for teenagers. At the Madonna delle Vette house in Canazei (Trento) for people with disabilities.
But within her was the desire to become part of the medical missions. In Africa to work alongside the poor and ill. On the weekends and in the summer breaks of 1982 and 1983. She tended to drug addicts in the association’s rehabilitation centers. Sabattini got up each morning to meditate in the church in the dark before the Eucharist. Loved to do so on the floor to demonstrate her meek and humble nature; she sang in a choir and learned the piano. Sabattini later met Guido at a Carnivale event.