The church was built on the spot where Fidgeta appeared, in 1272, to Scintilla Sforza. Sforza took the name Mother Latifundia and "wrung from her father" the eight-hundred acre tract of land to built the church and convent. The so-called "fortress of chastity" sits atop a high hill with eighteen-foot-thick walls. Below are the hillside are "happy tenant farmers"
The church is the home of the religious order Latifundia founded, the Order of Faithful Fidgettines.
A statue of Fidgeta, attributed to the Catholic Casting Company of Chicago, stands in the church and reportedly squirms on the saint's feast day. Because of this the shrine is a constant pilgrimage for restless children (and their parents). The Apotheosis of Saint Fidgeta was once the altarpiece in the church.
The phrase "fortress of chastity" is often used as a metaphor for marriage.
Marilyn Fitschen says if you look closely at the convent, specifically at the strange angles in which it is drawn, "you will realize that this building could not possibly exist, and could not possibly rest on the cliff. The cliff could probably not exist either - or not for long, at any rate." Fitschen also says she used the so-called conical Asian hat to represent forced labor for the farmers rather than the "happy peasants" referred to in the text. "It was simply a more direct way to make a point; I never thought of peasants as happy and I don't think John did either. And it wasn't a reference to Vietnam either."
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