St. Louise de Marillac, Widow

Memorial: March 15, Patroness of Social Workers, Orphans

St. Louise de Marillac was born on AugustSt. Louise de Marillac 15, 1591. In 1613 she married Antoine le Gras, who died thirteen years later, leaving Louise with a son. She became a nun and in 1625 chose St. Vincent de Paul, then known as Monsignor Vincent, as her spiritual director.

With the help of Monsignor Vincent she established the Daughters of Charity, Servants of the Sick Poor, dedicated to the corporal and spiritual service of the poor in their homes. She died in 1660, and was canonized in 1934 by Pope Pius XI.

PRAYER God, You inspired St. Louise to strive for perfect charity and so attain Your kingdom at the end of her pilgrimage on earth. Strengthen us through her intercession that we may advance rejoicing in the way of love. Amen.

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