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SAINT MARY OF JESUS CRUCIFIED
Mariam Baouardy 1846-1878
Feast Day August 25th.
Mariam Baouardy was born on January 5th 1846 at Ibillin, a village in the Holy Land near Nazareth. Her parents were George Baouardy and Mariam Shashyn, they were Greek Catholics in a predominantly Muslin area. They were both persecuted for their faith and George spent some time in prison. Their first 12 children, all boys, died in infancy so they decided to go on pilgrimage to Bethlehem, to beg Our Lady for a daughter and they promised to call her Mariam. Their prayers were answered when little Mariam was born, followed two years later by her only surviving brother, Paul. Mariam was baptised and confirmed when she was ten days old according to the Greek Catholic Rite. Sadly before she was three years old both her parents died from an infectious illness, within a few days of each other. When her father was dying he commended Mariam to the care of St. Joseph, looking lovingly at a picture of him, he said ‘Great saint, here is my child; the Blessed Virgin is her mother; deign to look after her also; be her father’.
Mariam was taken to the home of a wealthy paternal uncle and Paul went to live with a maternal aunt but they never saw each other again. Mariam was treated kindly but surprised the family by her intense devotion to Our Lady.
Congratulations to Sr. Cora Marie who made her Solemn Profession at Loughrea Carmel on October 1, Feast of St. Therese. We wish her every blessing in the years ahead.
Congratulations to Sr. Eleanor of New Ross Carmel, who made her First Profession on August 15 We wish her well on her Carmelite journey