Saint Gemma was born in 1878 near Lucca, Italy.
From her childhood, she dedicated herself to meditation on the Passion of Jesus Christ, leading an innocent life and longing ardently for heaven.
She was orphaned and then charitably welcomed into the home of a deeply Christian family.
Consecrating herself to God by a vow of virginity, she joyfully applied herself to pursue the way of perfection.
She had a singular devotion toward the Eucharist and toward Jesus Crucified.