Monday, 16 July 2018

# Saints

Saint Marie-Madeleine Postel

Image: Saint Marie-Madeleine Postel tomb in the abbey of St Sauveur le Vicomte

The 16th of July is the feast day of Saint Marie-Madeleine Postel (28 November 1756 – 16 July 1846). She was born as Julie Fran├žoise-Catherine Postel and is the patron saint of Sisters of Christian Schools.

Saint Marie Magdelen Postel was born in Normandy to a family of seven other children. She was well known for her generosity as a child, she would give her food and belongings to those in need and was often rebuked for her actions. Educated by Benedictine nuns, she decided to devote her life to God and made a vow of chastity. When she was 18 she started a school for girls which ran for five years until it was shut down due to the French Revolution. She would house fugitive priests in the school and encouraged the faithful during the persecution. She was also granted special permission to keep the Blessed Sacrament in order to give it those who were in danger of death. After the unrest, she founded “The Poor Daughters of Mercy” which lived under the rule of the Third Order of Saint Francis. The community was renamed “Sisters of the Christian Schools of Mercy” and took the rule of Saint John Baptist de la Salle. She died at the age of 90.

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