Saint Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena Feast Day – 21 October – Saint of the Day

The Memorial of Saint Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena

Saint Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena is the Patron Saint of

1. People suffering from racial discrimination
2. Orphans
3. Congregation of Missionary Sisters of Immaculate Mary and Saint Catherine of Siena

Saint Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization Date, Matrimony/Holy Orders, Nuns/Sisters who became Saints

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Saint Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena brief life History

Date of Birth 26 May 1874
Country of Birth Colombia in South America
Profession Founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Virgin Mary and Saint Catherine of Siena (1914).
Place of Work Colombia
Date of Death 21 October 1949 (aged 75)
Place of Death Belencito, Medellín, Antioquía, Colombia
Saint Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena Feast Day 21 October
Beatification By Pope John Paul II on 25 April 2004 at Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City.
Canonization By Pope Francis on 12 May 2013 at Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City
Patron Saint of 1. People suffering from racial discrimination
2. Orphans
3. Congregation of Missionary Sisters of Immaculate Mary and Saint Catherine of Siena

Saint Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena Feast Day Short life History

María Laura de Jesús Montoya Upegui was born on 26 May 1874 in Jericó in the United States of Colombia as the second of three children to Juan de la Cruz Montoya and Dolores Upegui; she was baptized that same day.

Her siblings were older sister Carmelina and younger brother Juan de la Cruz; a maternal cousin was Luisa Upegui. During the Colombian Civil War of 1876 her father was killed.

In 1881 she was sent to an orphanage that her maternal nun aunt María de Jesús Upegui managed. Her aunt – in 1890 – enrolled her at “Normale de Institutoras” of Medellín to receive training to become a school teacher.

Montoya graduated as a teacher in 1893.

On 14 May 1914 she started the “Congregation of Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Virgin Mary and Saint Catherine of Siena”. She left Medellín with four other women and went to Dabeiba to live among the native Indians.

Montoya died after a prolonged illness on 21 October 1949 in Medellín in Colombia. The last decade of her life were lived in a wheelchair due to this.

Her order at present now operates in a total of nineteen countries throughout the Americas as well as in Africa and Europe.

Today’s Saint Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena Feast Day Quote:

On 14 May 1914 she started the “Congregation of Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Virgin Mary and Saint Catherine of Siena”. She left Medellín with four other women and went to Dabeiba to live among the native Indians.

Saint Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena Feast Day
Saint Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena Feast Day