Saint Marguerite Bays

Blessed Marguerite BaysMemorial


The second of seven children born to Pierre-Antoine Bays and Josephine Morel, she grew up in a pious farm family. Lifelong lay woman in the archdiocese of Lausanne, Switzerland, she supported herself as a dress maker and seamstress. She never married, but devoted herself and her life to caring for the people of her parish and city especially sick, children, young women, and the poor. Marguerite was known for a deep prayer life, devotion to Our Lady, and for lengthy periods spent in Eucharistic adoration. She joined the Secular Franciscans in 1860.

Marguerite developed intestinal cancer at age 35, asked for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and was miraculously healed on 8 December 1854, the day that Blessed Pope Pius IX declared the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. Following the healing, each Friday Marguerite would experience a period of paralysis during which she would relive the Passion of Jesus. She received the stigmata.






MLA Citation

  • “Saint Marguerite Bays“. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 July 2019. Web. 24 June 2021. <>