Rich young men
And they were all interested in the same, very special lady.
Her name was Mary, the mother of Jesus.
These seven young men dedicated themselves completely to the love of God.
In the beginning, they had secluded themselves on a tall hill out in the countryside.
In time, they would be called to spread the message of God out in the world.
Their little religious community would grow. Within fifty years, they would have over ten thousand members.
The memory of the Seven Founders of the Order of Servites is celebrated on this day, when the last of those seven young men from Florence, lay brother Alexis Falconieri, died in 1310.
Today, their followers serve in many places throughout the world, including the United States, South Africa, Australia, and Italy (including the Basilica of Superga outside Torino).