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Birth: 1848

Death: 1924

Beatified By: Pope John Paul II

St. Maria Bernarda Bütler (1848-1924), born Verena Bütler, was a Swiss saint. She founded the Congregation of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Mary, Help of Christians and was a missionary in Ecuador. Eventually, her congregation had houses in Colombia, Austria, and Brazil.

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