Book of Saints – Saint Catherine Laboure

Saint Catherine LaboureArticle

November 28

Catherine was born in 1806 in Burgundy, France, the ninth of eleven children. She refused many offers of marriage, and said: “I found my Bridegroom on the day of my First Communion. To Him alone have I given myself.”

Catherine once paid a visit to a hospital which was in the care of the Sisters of Charity. There she saw a picture of Saint Vincent de Paul. His example inspired her to take care of the sick and she later shared in the work of Saint Vincent de Paul.

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Catherine three times and asked her to spread devotion to her Immaculate Conception. She told Catherine to have a medal made, which is called the Miraculous Medal. On one side of the medal are the words: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee,” and on the other side the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. This devotion spread throughout the world. Catherine died in 1876.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Catherine Laboure”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 January 2019. Web. 19 September 2019. <>