- Frances Margaret Taylor
- Saint of Soho
Daughter of an Anglican clergyman. Volunteer nurse in the Crimean War. Convert to Catholicism in 1855. Founded the Poor Servants of the Mother of God in 1872. Nun. Worked in the slums of central London, England. Set up shelters for prostitutes and homeless women and children. Founded the Providence Free Hospital in Saint Helens, Lancashire, England. She and Servants took over Saint Joseph’s Asylum in Dublin, Ireland. Wrote which exposed the terrible conditions of soldiers in the Crimea; it became a bestseller and impetus to reform. By her death in 1900, her congregation was operating 20 institutions; they continue their good work today with the poor, the sick, the elderly and people with learning disabilities in England, Ireland, the United States and Kenya.
- 9 June 1900 in the convent across from Saint Patrick’s cathedral, Soho Square, London, England of natural causes
- buried in the chapel of the Maryfield Convent, Roehampton, London
Say to our dear Lord: ‘I bear this for love of your dear Heart. You were worried and harassed on earth for me, so I will bear it for you.’ Don’t you know how the Gospel says: ‘The people pressed upon him’? – Mother Frances Taylor
- “Venerable Magdalen of the Sacred Heart“. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 June 2014. Web. 5 July 2015. <>