Blessed Marie Deluil-Martiny – Saint of the Day – February 27

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Blessed Marie Deluil-Martiny Biography

Blessed Marie Deluil-Martiny Profile. Born: 28 May 1841 in France, Europe. Worked in France. Died: 27 February 1884 in La Servianne, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. Feast Day is celebrated on February 27.

Saint of the Day

Blessed Marie Deluil-Martiny Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death

Date of Birth 28 May 1841
Country of Birth France in Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Blesseds who were Nuns/Sisters
Profession Missionary
Place of Work France
Date of Death 27 February 1884
Place of Death La Servianne, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Feast Day February 27
Beatification Beatified by Pope John Paul II on 22 October 1989
Canonization Canonized by N/A
Patron Saint of Daughters of the Heart of Jesus

Blessed Marie Deluil-Martiny Biography

Blessed Marie Deluil-Martiny was the oldest of five children born to upper-middle-class parents. She was baptized on the day of her birth. Her father was Paul Deluil-Martiny, a lawyer. She was the great-niece of Venerable Anne–Madeleine Rémuzat. Marie received a good early education from Visitation Sisters in her home town and then the Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Lyons, France. She made her First Communion on 22 December 1853 and received Confirmation on 29 January 1854.

Saint Eugène de Mazenod assisted at the Confirmation. At age 15, she and some like-minded school friends started a group called the Oblates of Mary which indicated a devotion. However, their teachers stopped it immediately as there was a risk of them deviating from orthodox Christianity without proper leadership.

Marie began to understand that she had a call to religious life and she started keeping a spiritual journal. When she was of age she turned down several marriage proposals. She heard Saint John Marie Vianney preach and later met with him to discuss her vocation. He encouraged her to follow the call.

On 9 March 1864, Marie founded the Guard of Honour of the Sacred Heart which is also known as the Association of Presence to the Heart of Jesus, which promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Eucharist. It received canonical status on 7 June 1872. In June 1865 as part of her work with the Guard of Honour, she met, befriended and inspired Saint Daniel Comboni in his missionary work where they corresponded for years.

In December 1866, while on a spiritual retreat conducted in honour of the beatification of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Marie heard Father Jean Calage preach on the Sacred Heart. She explained her call to religious life to him and he became her spiritual director.

On 20 June 1873, with the help of Father Calage, Marie founded the Congregation of the Daughters of the Heart of Jesus in Berchem, Antwerp, Belgium with a mission to promote devotion the Sacred Heart and to pray continuously for priests. Their constitution based on the teachings of Saint Ignatius of Loyola was completed in 1875. They received diocesan approval on 2 February 1876 from Cardinal Victor-Auguste-Isidor Deschamps where Marie and the first sisters made their vows on 22 August 1878 serving as the group’s superior the rest of her life.

The group established the first convent on 24 June 1879, received a papal decree of praise on 25 February 1888 and was granted full papal approval of Pope Leo XIII on 2 February 1902. They continue their good work today in Belgium, France, Austria, Italy and Croatia. Marie saw few of these successes as she was killed by Louis Chave, an angry, lazy, down-and-out anarchist whom Marie had hired as a gardener at La Servianne in order to give him a chance at a better life.

Bl. Marie Deluil-Martiny
Bl. Marie Deluil-Martiny

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