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Saint Catherine Labouré

Saint Catherine Labouré

Birth
Fain-les-Moutiers, Departement de la Côte-d'Or, Bourgogne, France
Death 31 Dec 1876 (aged 70)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Memorial ID 3244 · View Source
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Roman Catholic saint. Born Zoe Labouré in the Burgundy region of France, she was the ninth of 11 living children of farmer Pierre Labouré and Louise Gontard. Her mother died when Catherine was only nine, and she and her younger siblings were sent to live with their aunt in Saint-Rémy. Extremely devout and of a somewhat romantic nature, she chose a life with the Daughters of Charity after having a dream about the order's founder, St. Vincent de Paul. Having lost her mother at a young age, Catherine was drawn to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and in 1830, she reported that she was visited by the Blessed Virgin, appearing within an oval, atop a globe, and surrounded by the words "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." The Virgin told Catherine to take this image to her father confessor, to have it struck onto a medallion, and spread devotion of it. After two years of investigating Catherine, the priest took the drawing to his archbishop and the medallion was struck. The medal of the Immaculate Conception, or Miraculous Medal, is still worn by millions of Catholics and non-Catholics today. Catherine allegedly foretold many great events after 1830, some correctly, some not. She remained an ordinary nursing sister, well-beloved of her fellow nuns and patients, and never told anyone of her visions except her confessor, Father Aladel. She died at Enghien-Reuilly at the age of 70. Her body was exhumed in 1933 and found to be incorrupt and supple. She was beatified that year and canonized on July 27, 1947. Her feast day is November 25.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 23 Jul 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3244
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Saint Catherine Labouré (2 May 1806–31 Dec 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3244, citing Miraculous Medal Chapel, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .