Born in 1322 in Bologna, Italy, Imelda was a pious child who at nine-years-old asked to live at a Dominican convent. Her parents agreed that she could be educated there.
At the convent, Imelda was fascinated by Eucharistic adoration. She was eager to receive Communion and was disappointed to learn that she had to wait until she was 12 years old.
It is said that when Imelda was 11 years old, she was attending Mass with the sisters and was the only one not old enough to receive Communion. Suddenly a sacred host seemed to hover in the air above Imelda who was deep in prayer. The sisters called to the priest who, in witnessing the miracle, felt that the little girl could no longer be denied Communion.
Imelda Lambertini was beatified December 20, 1826.
- Little White Book, Diocese of Saginaw