Saint Jeanne-Marie Kerguin
- Also known as
Juana María Kerguin
Marie Santa Natalia
Marie de Sainte Nathalie
8 July as one of the Martyrs of Shanxi
28 September as one of the Martyrs of China
- Grew up in a poor peasant mountain family.
Her mother died when Giovanna was quite young, and she was forced to take over the household chores for the family.
With her home obligations fulfilled, she joined the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in 1887, taking the name Marie Santa Natalia.
There she happily threw herself into a life of prayer and devotion to the simplest and most menial tasks of her house.
She was assigned first to Paris, then to Carthage in north Africa.
She encountered health problems and was sent to Rome to recover.
There she answered the call of her Order to work as a missionary.
She arrived in China in March 1899, and was almost immediately hospitalized for several months with typhus.
Her short lived career ended during a crackdown on foreign missionaries during the Boxer Rebellion.
One of the Martyrs of Shanxi and the Martyrs of China.
- 5 May 1864 at Belle-Isle en Terre, France as Jeanne-Marie Kerguin
- beheaded on 9 July 1900 at Taiyuanfu, China
- 24 November 1946 by Pope Pius XII
- 1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II in Rome
- Additional Information
Chinese Martyrs Catholic Church
Kirken i Norge [norwegian]
General Curia of the Friars Minor [italiano]
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- Do not be afraid.
Death is only God who is passing by.
-Saint Jeanne Marie