Feast of St. Catherine Labouré

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This stained-glass window of St. Catherine Labouré is found at the Chino Valley parish that bears her name. (Courtesy of St. Catherine Labouré Parish)

Dec. 31

Born Zoe Labouré, this visionary lived simply and anonymously for 45 years as a Sister of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris. But during her novitiate, Sr. Catherine had visions of Our Lady, shared then only with her confessor and a tribunal that investigated and authenticated them.

In the visions, Our Lady stood on a globe, with light shafts beaming from her hands and these words around the image: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” The Miraculous Medal devotion was born immediately but credited to Catherine’s visions only eight months before her death. Her incorrupt body lays in her convent chapel.

She is the patroness of St. Catherine Labouré Parish in Chino Valley.