Sister Elena Aiello was born in April, 1895 to Pasquale Aiello and Tereseina Paglilla in Montalto Uffugo. Her father (like his father before him) was a tailor. Her picture here shows her as a young novice and she was quite beautiful. She became a nun and when she was older she founded a new order, The Sister Minims of The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This order was based on the similar order of Monks founded by San Francesco di Paola. Sister Elena and her family were devoted to Saint Francesco (as was my own Grandfather). Sister Elena experienced apparitions of Saint Francesco and other saints as well as The Blessed Mother. Saint Elena also began an orphanage and school for girls.
According to her birth act, her full name was Elena Emilia Santa Aiello. She was born April 15, 1895 shortly after the feast of the Patron Saint of Calabria, San Francesco di Paola. It was also Holy Week preceding Easter. Perhaps that explains Santa (Saint) in her name. Sister Elena began suffering the full stigmata every Good Friday from 1923 until shortly before her death. She experienced apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary from 1947 until her death. These visions allowed her the gift of prophecy as the Blessed Virgin showed her visions of the future. She also had apparitions of Jesus, Saint Rita, Saint Francesco Of Paola and other saints.
Sister Elena had 7 brothers and sisters. But so far I have only found the birth acts of 5; Emma born in 1889, Fernando born in 1892, Evangelina Isabella Rosina born in 1896, Elisa Emilia Geltrude born in 1898 and Ida born in 1903. Their mother Teresina Paglilla died in 1905.
Sister Elena Aiello was made venerable by Pope John Paul II in 1992 and beatified a Blessed by Pope Benedict on 14 September 2011.
As previously mentioned, Sister Elena began suffering the stigmata every Good Friday from 1923 until her death. This stigmata was the wounds of Christ's passion and included wounds on her hands, feet, head and side. The bleeding from these wounds was profuse. Because it began in 1923 her stigmata was well documented by scientists, doctors, photographs and many witnesses. It also brought many faithful pilgrims to Montalto Uffugo on Good Friday in the hopes they would be able to see Sr. Elena and her stigmata. In 1955 during her stigmata, her hand hit the wall by her bed and the blood flowed down the wall and formed the Face of Jesus Christ. This image bled profusely on its own from September 29th continuously until October 13th 1955. After that date it returned sporadically until Sister Elena's death in 1961.
Sister Elena began having apparitions of The Blessed Mother. During these apparitions The Blessed Mother would tell Sister Elena things that might happen in the future if people did not amend their sinful ways. Many of her prophesies were apocalyptic in nature. Below are the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Sister Elena during one of these apparitions.
"My Heart is sad for so many sufferings in an impending world in ruin . . . The wrath of God is near. Soon the world will be afflicted with great calamities, bloody revolutions, frightful hurricanes and the overflowing of rivers and the seas . . . the world will be overturned in a new and more terrible war. Arms most deadly will destroy peoples and nations. The dictators of the earth, specimens infernal, will demolish the churches and desecrate the Holy Eucharist, and will destroy things most dear. In this impious war, much will be destroyed of that which has been built by the hands of man ..."
In 1940, Sister Elena received a message from Jesus and was asked to deliver this message to Premier Benito Mussolini. The message for Mr. Mussolini was not to join forces with Hitler in World War II. If this warning is not heeded Italy would suffer a terrible defeat and Mussolini would be punished and the result would be his total defeat and downfall. His fate would be worse than Napoleon.
Although the information I currently have on Elena Aiello's family tree is currently incomplete, I will continue to add new discoveries as I find them. Continue to the genealogy of Elena Aiello here.
Pasquale, Blessed Elena's father was the son of Francesco Aiello and Teresa Nardi.
Teresina Paglilla, Blessed Elena's mother was the daughter of Pasquale Paglilla and Lauretana SanSosti. Teresa died in 1905.
Raffaele Aiello and Giuseppina Golia were Blessed Elena's great grandparents.