Venerable Marie Thérèse Charlotte de Lamourous (1754-1836)
Venerable Marie was born on Nov. 1, 1754 in Barsac, France. She was relatively poor and moved to Bordeaux when she was 12. Vernable Marie was strong in her Catholic faith. During the French Revolution, she gathered parishioners for prayer, religious instruction and family counseling. She orchestrated secret Masses celebrated by disguised priests. Around 1795, Venerable Marie met Fr. Chaminade and became close friends, corresponding during his exile in Spain. When the Revolution ended, Fr. Chaminade returned to France and called on her to help him develop the sodalities. Venerable Marie also worked with a badly needed ministry in Bordeaux, providing shelter for prostitutes and an opportunity to change their lives. Taking in 400 at a time, she helped them turn their lives around and taught them different trades.
The process of Marie Therese’s canonization was begun in 1911. She was named “Venerable” in 1989 by Pope John Paul II.
“Let us limit ourselves to what God would wish us to do…let us have the same purpose, the same spirit, and a union of hearts.”