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Saint Catherine Laboure
Born: May, 2, 1806 in Fain-lès-Moutiers, Côte-d'Or, France
Died: December 31, 1876 in Enghien-les-Bains, Seine-et-Oise, France
Venerated: Catholic Church
Beatified: May 28, 1933 by Pope Pius XI
Canonized: July 27, 1947 by Pope Pius XII
Feast Day: November 28
Patronages: Miraculous Medal; Infirmed People; the Elderly
Saint Catherine Laboure was born on May 2, 1806. At an early age she entered the community of the Daughters of Charity, in Paris, France. Three times in 1830 the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Catherine Laboure, who then was a 24-year-old novice.
On July 18, the first apparition occurred in the community’s motherhouse. Saint Catherine behold a lady seated on the left side of the sanctuary. When Saint Catherine approached her, the heavenly visitor told her how to act in time of trial and pointed to the altar as the source of all consolation. Promising to entrust Saint Catherine with a mission which would cause her great suffering, the lady also predicted the anticlerical revolt which occurred in Paris in 1870.
On November 27, the lady showed Saint Catherine the medal of the Immaculate Conception now universally known as “The Miraculous Medal.” She commissioned Saint Catherine to have one made, and to spread devotion to this medal.
At that time, only her spiritual director, Father Aladel, knew of the apparitions. Forty-Five years later, Saint Catherine spoke fully of the apparitions to one of her superiors. She died on December 31, 1876 and was canonized on July 27, 1947 by Pope Pius XII.