Biography of Potential Saint Bl. Marie Marguerite D'Youville

About the potential saint Bl. Marie Marguerite D'Youville, biography and history, causes and current status.



Cause. After her husband's death, she became the Lady of Charity in her parish, helping the sick and the poor. Later, she and 3 companions made a profession of service to the needy, often taking the destitute into their communal home.

The residents, wary of her because she had had a thieving husband, stoned and insulted D'Youville and her companions, often publicly refusing them Holy Communion. But she continued her charitable ways, buying farms to support the needy and teaching catechism to the farmers' children. She founded the Order of the Grey Nuns, inaugurated closed retreats for women, began the 1st home for foundlings in North America, and opened hospital wards for wounded soldiers.

Devil's Advocate. Her inability to exert any positive influence on her husband--who was despised equally in France and Canada for defrauding both Indians and merchants--casts her in an unfavorable light. Also, since 1959, there have been no further miracles attributed to her.

Nomination. She was declared "Venerable" in 1890 and was beatified in 1959.

Present Stage. No additional miracles have been attributed to her, but if some arise, her chances for Sainthood will be bettered.

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