Saint Marie de Saint Just

Saint Marie de Saint JustAlso known as

  • Anne-Francoise Moreau
  • Maria di San Giusto
  • Anne Moreau



Daughter of a wealthy farmer known for his charity. A sensitive child, she retreated to silence and solitude. Her father died when Anne was still young, and she soon helped support the family by selling the farm produce in town. When Anne was in her early 20’s she felt a call to religious life. Against her mother‘s wishes, who had arranged a marriage for her, Anne entered the noviate of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in 1890. Missionary to China.

Though she was initially enthused in her new life, the separation from her family took a large psychological toll on her. She became haunted by doubts, severely depressed, completely withdrawn, doubting her vocation, then her sanity, and then her faith itself. Led back to the faith and her sanity by Mother Mary of the Passion, she was herself again when the final test came during a crackdown on foreign missionaries during the Boxer Rebellion. One of the Martyrs of Shanxi and the Martyrs of China.






Additional Information


I want to go to China, to give my life for the Chinese people. – Saint Marie

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Marie de Saint Just“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 July 2015. Web. 4 December 2020. <>