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Blessed Agnes of Chatillon

Also known as

  • Agnes de Satillon
  • Agnes du Catillon
  • Agnese…

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Cistercian nun at the monastery of Beaupré, Belgium c.1200 where she served as sub-prioress and novice mistress. A visionary and ecstatic, especially after Communion, she was known for her love of, devotion to, and time spent in meditation on the Eucharist and the Passion of Christ.

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  • “Blessed Agnes of Chatillon“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 March 2018. Web. 20 April 2018. <>

Blessed Maria Droste zu Vischering

Blessed Maria Droste zu VischeringAlso known as

  • Countess Droste zu Vischering
  • Maria Anna Johanna Franziska Theresia Antonia Huberta Droste zu Vischering
  • Maria of the Sacred Heart
  • Mary of the Divine Heart of Jesus
  • Maria vom Göttlichen Herzen

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Born to the wealthy German nobility, she had a twin brother, Max, and pious parents, Klemens Heidenreich Franz Hubertus Eusebius Maria, the count Droste zu Vischering, and Helene Clementine Maria Anna Sybille Huberta Antonia, the countess of Galen, who were loyal to the Church during the period of the Kulturkampf persecution. Baptized on the day of her birth, she grew up in Darfeld Castle, in Rosendahl, Germany, dressing like a princess and playing like a tomboy. She was educated at home by a governess and begining in April 1879 at the school of the Sacré-Coeur Sisters in Riedenburg, Bavaria, Germany. There she began feeling a call to religious life. She began her novitiate in the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd at the convent in Münster, Germany on 21 November 1888; she received the habit on 10 January 1889, taking the name Maria vom Göttlichen Herzen (Mary of the Divine Heart). She became mother superior of the convent of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Porto, Portugal in 1896. Through her adult life she received visions and locutions from Jesus to promote devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Blessed Eucharist. She influenced Pope Leo XIII to make the consecration of the world to the Sacred Heart.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Maria Droste zu Vischering“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 March 2018. Web. 20 April 2018. <>

Blessed Louise-Thérèse de Montaignac de Chauvance

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Related to the French nobility, Louise was the fifth of six children born to Raimondo Amato and Anna de Raffin; her father was a civil servant. Louise studied at the Faithful Companions of Jesus College, made her First Communion on 6 June 1833, and beginning in 1837 studied at the Paris des Oiseaux conducted by the Canonesses of Saint Augustine of the Congregation of Our Lady. In her teens she began reading Bible, the writings of Saint Teresa of Avila, and became known for her devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In her early 20’s she developed a bone disease that left in pain, occassionally bed-ridden, and late in life nearly crippled her. On 8 September 1843 she made a private vow of devotion to the Sacred Heart, and began her work to spread the devotion throughout France. In 1848 she founded a catechetical center, and orphange, and the Society of Tabernacles to encourage devotion to the Eucharist. In 1854 she founded the Opera Adoration of Reparation to encourage Eucharistic Adoration. In March 1874 she founded the Oblates of the Heart of Jesus with a mission to aid poor parishes, orphans and support for priestly vocations; she served as its superior from 17 May 1880, and Pope Leo XIII granted them papal approval on 4 October 1881. Secretary General of the Apostolate of Prayer in December 1875. Late in life she was bed-ridden due to her illness, but she continued working for the Oblates to the end.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Louise-Thérèse de Montaignac de Chauvance“. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 March 2018. Web. 20 April 2018. <>

Blessed Marie Deluil-Martiny

Blessed Marie Deluil-MartinyAlso known as

  • Sister Marie of Jesus
  • Sister Mary of Jesus
  • Marie-Caroline-Philomène Deluil-Martiny

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The oldest of five children (she had one brother and three sisters) born to upper middle class parents; she was baptized on the day of her birth. Her father was Paul Deluil-Martiny, a lawyer, and she was the great-niece of Venerable Anne–Madeleine Rémuzat. Marie received a good early education from Visitation Sisters in her home town, and then the Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Lyons, France. She made her First Communion on 22 December 1853, and received Confirmation on 29 January 1854; Saint Eugène de Mazenod assisted at the Confirmation. At age 15, she and some like-minded school friends started a group and called themselves the Oblates of Mary; while it indicated a devotion, their teachers stopped it immediately as there was a risk of them deviating from orthodox Christianity without proper leadership.

Marie began to understand that she had a call to religious life; she starting keeping a spiritual journal, and when she was of age, turned down several marriage proposals. She heard Saint John Marie Vianney preach, and later met with him to discuss her vocation; he encouraged her to follow the call. On 9 March 1864, Marie founded the Guard of Honour of the Sacred Heart, also known as the Association of Presence to the Heart of Jesus, which promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Eucharist; it received canonical status on 7 June 1872. In June 1865 as part of her work with the Guard of Honour, she met, befriended and inspired Saint Daniel Comboni in his missionary work; they corresponded for years. In December 1866, while on a spiritual retreat conducted in honour of the beatification of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Marie heard Father Jean Calage preach on the Sacred Heart; she explained her call to religious life to him, and he became her spiritual director.

On 20 June 1873, with the help of Father Calage, Marie founded the Congregation of the Daughters of the Heart of Jesus in Berchem, Antwerp, Belgium with a mission to promote devotion the Sacred Heart, and to pray continuously for priests. Their constitution, based on the teachings of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, was completed in 1875, they received diocesan approval on 2 February 1876 from Cardinal Victor-Auguste-Isidor Deschamps, Marie and the first sisters made their vows on 22 August 1878, and Sister Marie served as the group’s superior the rest of her life. They established the first convent on 24 June 1879, received a papal decree of praise on 25 February 1888, was granted full papal approval of Pope Leo XIII on 2 February 1902, and continue their good work today in Belgium, France, Austria, Italy and Croatia. Marie saw few of these successes as she was murdered by Louis Chave, an angry, lazy, down-and-out anarchist whom Marie had hired as gardener at La Servianne in order to give him a chance at a better life.

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Let us hasten the triumph of Christ over hell and the hostile powers through prayer and sacrifice. – Blessed Marie

What deep sorrow seizes one at the sight of the ever-increasing godlessness of our time and the seducing triumphs of anti-Christian societies. Oh, could I but expiate with my blood those insults offered to the Divine Majesty! – Blessed Marie

I forgive him. All for the cause. – the dying words of Blessed Marie

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Marie Deluil-Martiny“. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 March 2018. Web. 20 April 2018. <>

Venerable Giacinta Gertrude Maurizi

detail from an antique Italian holy card of Venerable Giacinta Gertrude Maurizi, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Maria Luisa Maurizi
  • Maria Aloysia Maurizi

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Born to a prominent Roman family, the daughter of Ambrogio Maurizi, secretary of Cardinal Orsini, and Anna Lucia Albertini. Giacinta received a good education at home, and was known from her youth to be a pious girl. Taken to the theatre by family, she would pretend to watch while covertly praying a Rosary. Spiritual student of Saint Vincent Strambi. At age 22 she was finally able to leave the worldly life behind, entering the cloistered Dominican monastery of Santa Maria Maddalena al Quirinale. However, a serious eye ailment forced her to leave the cloister and return home.

On 3 March 1797, with the help of her family, Saint Vincent Strambi, and Maria Elisabetta Mastruzi, Giacinta took over an old monastery in Rome and founded a community of the Order of Mantellates (Servite Sisters) there. When the French invaded Rome in 1799, her convent was dispersed, and she was not able to return until 1801. She and her first eleven sisters made their profession on 21 May 1804 with Pope Pius VII in attendance; Giacinta took the name Sister Maria Luisa, and was immediately chosen superior of the community; she served as superior and novice-mistress the rest of her life. Friend of Saint Vincent Pallotti. She became a much sought after counselor, and more than 600 of her letters of advice to sisters, priests and others have survived.

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MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Giacinta Gertrude Maurizi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 March 2018. Web. 20 April 2018. <>

Venerable Anna Maria Fiorelli Lapini

detail of a portrait of Venerable Anna Maria Fiorelli Lapini preserved in the Also known as

  • Anna Lapini

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The fifth of eleven children born to Giuseppe Fiorelli, a barber, and Rosalinda Pecorai, a seamstress. From childhood Anna felt a call to religious life, but her family’s poverty limited her options, and on 18 February 1833 she married childhood friend Giovanni Lapini. They had no children, and Giovanni died in 1842, leaving Anna a widow at 35. On her own, Anna moved to the San Niccolò district of Florence, Italy, lived in complete poverty, and spent her time trying to help those even poorer than herself. In 1844 she founded a three room school for poor girls near Porta San Miniato, Florence. This was so successful that in 1845 she was able to move the school to a larger house which became known as Casa del Crocifisso (House of the Crucifix). In 1846, with the help of the Piarists, she and six like-minded companions and students moved the school to the much larger villa La Fantina where they could handle 90 students. The villa included a chapel, and it was there on 18 May 1846 that Anna founded the Poor Daughters of the Holy Stigmata of Saint Francis (Sisters of the Blessed Wounds; Stigmatines, Stimmatine), a Capuchin Franciscan Third Order who devote themselves to charity and the education of girls; she took the name Sister Anna and made her solemn profession in 1855. By 1853 the Stigmatines ran ten schools with 1200 children. The Institute received provisional Vatican approval on 23 July 1855, and definitive approval on 19 September 1888. The Poor Daughters continue their good work today with schools in several countries.

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MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Anna Maria Fiorelli Lapini“. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 March 2018. Web. 20 April 2018. <>

Venerable Maria Giuseppa d’Ambrosio

Venerable Maria Giuseppa d'AmbrosioAlso known as

  • Maria Crocifissa of the Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ
  • Maria Crucifixa of the Five Wounds

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Lay woman member of the Franciscan Third Order of Saint Peter of Alcantara in the archdiocese of Naples, Italy. Much sought after for spiritual direction and for her simple wisdom. She prayed continuously for the triumph of the Church and Pope Pius VII during the persecutions of Napoleon.

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  • “Venerable Maria Giuseppa d’Ambrosio“. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 March 2018. Web. 20 April 2018. <>

Venerable Bernard Alojzy Lubienski

Venerable Bernard Alojzy LubienskiProfile

Born to the nobility and related to royalty, Bernard was the second of twelve children born to Count Tomasz Wentworth Lubienski and Adelajda, née Lempicka. From the age of six, he was raised by Maria (née Lubienska) and Felix Szymanowski, pious relatives of his father. Home schooled until the autumn of 1858 when he and his older brother, Henryk, were sent to Ushaw College, a Catholic boarding school in County Durham, England. In 1864, after having been rejected by the Jesuits, and much to the disapproval of his family, Bernard became a Redemptorist novice in Clapham, England. He studied theology and philosophy at the international seminary in Witten, Netherlands, and was ordained a priest in Aachen, Germany in 1870. Father Bernard then returned to England to serve as pastor to the Polish exile community in London. He trained as a missionary in Redemptorist houses in Perth, Scotland, in Ireland, and in Long Eaton, England. Served as archivist for the Redemptorists in England, and then as Provincial bursar.

On a trip home to Poland in 1879, Bernard met with the Austrian Redemptorist Provincial, and after discussions, they agreed to try to bring the Redemptorists back to Poland; the congregatoin had been expelled when Napoleon conquered the region in 1809. In 1881 Bernard arranged for the purchase of an abandoned Dominican monastery in Mosciski, Poland, and in 1882, Bernard returned to Poland to work on the re-introduction of the Redemptorists, and to be closer to family. Following a severe bout of influenza in 1885, which left him briefly paralyzed and permanently lamed, he was offered the bishopric of Mohilev, Poland, but delined citing his poor health and his strengths being retreats, missions and writing. He developed a devotion to Saint John Mary Vianney, identifying with the man’s simple life, his effective preaching, and his revitilization of the faith in his flock. Bernard became a successful and much sought after preacher both in churches and at retreats for priests, religious and lay people. Helped to spread devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Father Bernard is reported to have conducted 244 mission trips throughout Poland, led 508 retreats, built 2 churches, and refurbished 54 more in order to enliven the faith life of the Poles.

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  • “Venerable Bernard Alojzy Lubienski“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 March 2018. Web. 20 April 2018. <>

Venerable Giovanni Merlini

Venerable Giovanni MerliniProfile

Against the strong wishes of his family, Giovanni was ordained a priest on 19 December 1818. Following a course of spiritual excercises conducted at the Abbey of San Felice in Giano dell’Umbria, Italy by Saint Caspar del Bufalo, Father Giovanni became one of the first members of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Friend of Saint Caspar.

Noted spiritual director, especially of young people. Spiritual director of Saint Maria de Mattias. General-Director of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood for 25 years, preaching throughout Italy, supporting the founding of new Missionary houses in several countries, and training many new members of the Missinaries. Adviser to Pope Pius IX whom he convinced to extend the Feast of the Precious Blood to the whole Church in 1849.

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MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Giovanni Merlini“. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 March 2018. Web. 20 April 2018. <>

Venerable Alfred Pampalon

Venerable Alfred PampalonAlso known as

  • The Hail Mary Saint

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Ninth of twelve children born to Antoine and Josephine Dorion Pampalon; his parents were pious people, and his father was a stonemason who built churches. Josephine died when Alfred as five years old, and his father soon married the Irish widow, Margaret Phelan, who was loving, gentle, pious and treated all the children as her own. Two of his brothers and one sister entered religious life. Alfred was home schooled until 1876 when he entered the College of Lévis on a business curriculum; the school staffed by parish priests, and he learned much about their lives. He was an average student, loved to play cricket and soccer, suffered from a speech impediment, contracted tuberculosis at age 14, and was known as a modest prayerful person who early felt a call to the Church and had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

During a near-fatal bout of pneumonia in 1885, he attributed his recovery to the intercession of Saint Anne, and in her honour, make a pilgrimage to the shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré on foot, praying the Rosary as he walked. While there, he asked to join the Redemptorists, and in July 1886 sailed for Saint Trond, Belgium to begin his novitiate. He studied at the seminary of Saint-Jean-de-Beauplateau where he wsa noted for his piety; when asked about his skill in dealing with philosophical questions, he said he would just imagine what Mary would answer and then say that.

He was ordained a priest on 4 October 1892, and was assigned to the mining city of Mons, Belgium. He was not a great preacher, but his piety and zeal revitalized the faith of many. However, the tuberculosis was wearing him down, and he was first transferred to work at the Saint-Jean-de-Beauplateau seminary, and then in September 1895, was sent back to Canada to serve at the shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. He spent his final six months there in the infirmary, too weak to work, in constant pain and in constant prayer.

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MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Alfred Pampalon“. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 March 2018. Web. 20 April 2018. <>