Maria Crocifissa Curcio, was born Rosa Curcio in Ispica, in the province of Ragusa in Sicily, on 30 January 1977. In 1890 she recieved permission to become a member of the Carmelite Third Order and through her knowledge of Carmelite spirituality, she began to understand better God's plans for her. That is when she took the name of Crocifissa.
She came to Rome on 17 May 1925 for the canonization of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the next day she visited Santa Marinella on 3 July 1925 qith some companions and on 16 July this little group received the seal of approval from the Order through official affiliation. After the end of the war, in December 1947, Mother Curcio realised her dream of a mission in far off lands and sent her first daughters to Brazil. Mother Croifissa was taken to the Lord on 4 July 1957, leaving in the hearts of all a lively reminder of her holiness. On 12 February 1989 the bishop of the diocese of Portuense, Mgr. Diego Bona, began the cause for her beatification which concluded in Rome on 19 October 2004 in the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.