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SAINT MARY OF JESUS CRUCIFIED
Feast Day July 12th
Mariam Baouardy 1846-1878
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’.
On January 21 the Servant of God, Sr. Francoise Therese (Leonie Martin), sister of St. Therese, was laid to rest in a new tomb in the Chapel of the Visitation Monastery in Caen, following Mass at which Mgr. Boulanger, Bishop of Seez, was the chief celebrant .
Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Greg Homeming Bishop of Lismore, N.S.W. Australia. Fr. Greg joined the Carmelite novitiate at the and of 1985 and was ordained priest in 1991. As a Discalced Carmelite, he has held the positions of Major Superior, Novice Master, Prior and Retreat Director.