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The Servant of God Mary of the Passion Chappotin

Virgin, Third  Order

Feast day 15th November, Mary of the Passion was beatified in 2002

Over the years Mary grew to understand how she could best serve God. Born Helene de Chappotin de Neuville, she came from a distinguished French family in Nantes. In 1860 she entered the Poor Clares, but poor health forced her to leave the following year. In 1864 she joined the Sisters of Mary Reparatrix and took the name Mary of the Passion. From 1865 to 1876 she worked in the Madura missions in India. In 1877 she established the Institute of the Missionaries of Mary, which became the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (F.M.M.) in 1882 when she adopted the Third Order Rule. Mary was still living when seven members of her community were martyred in the 1900 Boxer Uprising. In addition to caring for people afflicted with leprosy, her sisters have served in education, social service, nursing and catechetics�frequently with F.M.M.�s of other nationalities. She was beatified in 2002.

Comment: Exactly what duties did God impose on Mary? Did he reveal to her precisely what work her sisters were to do? In prayer, Mary's heart was purified, and she conformed even more to God�s ways. Prayer certainly led her to see ways of serving that she had not previously realized.

Quote:
Mary once said, "I wish I had two lives: one with which I could always pray, the other, with which to perform all the duties God imposes on me."

Her life in greater detail.


Blessed Mary of  the Passion - pdf this web


Prayer of the church

Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, that we Thy Servants
may evermore enjoy health of mind and body, and through the
glorious intercession of blessed Mary ever virgin be delivered
from our present sorrows and enjoy everlasting gladness.
Through the same Christ Our Lord  Who liveth �and reigneth

with Thee
 and the Holy Spirit,  One God, now and forever.  Amen



Source: Foley, Leonard Fr, OFM. ,ed., revised by Pat McCloskey, O.F.M.,2009,Saint of the Day, Lives, Lessons and Feast, St. Anthony's messenger Press, Cincinnati, OH


Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois


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