About this Famous Person

Catherine LABOURÉ

French Catherine LABOURÉ

Member of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul and a Marian visionary

Source :  Gisele GUYOT

Born: on May 02, 1806 in Fain-lès-Moutiers, France
Died: on December 31, 1876 in Paris, France


Biography

She was born in the Burgundy region of France to Pierre Labouré, a farmer, and Louise Madeleine Gontard, the ninth of 11 living children. Catherine's mother died on October 9, 1815, when Catherine was just nine years old. It is said that after her mother's funeral, Catherine picked up a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and kissed it saying, "Now you will be my mother." Her father's sister offered to care for his two youngest children, Catherine and Tonine. After he agreed, the sisters moved to their aunt's house at Saint-Rémy, a village nine kilometers from their home.

She was extremely devout, of a somewhat romantic nature, given to visions and intuitive insights. As a young woman, she became a member of the nursing order founded by Saint Vincent de Paul. She chose the Daughters of Charity after a dream about St. Vincent De Paul.

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