Saint Jeanne-Marie Kerguin

Saint Jeanne-Marie KerguinAlso known as

  • Giovanna Kerguin
  • Juana María Kerguin
  • Marie Santa Natalia
  • Marie de Sainte Nathalie



Jeanne-Marie grew up in a poor peasant mountain family. Her mother died when Giovanna was quite young, and she was forced to take over the household chores for the family. With her home obligations fulfilled, she joined the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in 1887, taking the name Marie Santa Natalia. There she happily threw herself into a life of prayer and devotion to the simplest and most menial tasks of her house. She was assigned first to Paris, France, then to Carthage in north Africa. She encountered health problems and was sent to Rome, Italy to recover. There she answered the call of her Order to work as a missionary. She arrived in China in March 1899, and was almost immediately hospitalized for several months with typhus. Her short lived career ended during a crackdown on foreign missionaries during the Boxer Rebellion. One of the Martyrs of Shanxi and the Martyrs of China.







Do not be afraid. Death is only God who is passing by. Saint Jeanne Marie

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Jeanne-Marie Kerguin“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 March 2017. Web. 20 October 2020. <>