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Feastday: May 3

Birth: 1840

Death: 1912

Beatified By: 11 September 1984 by Pope John Paul II


Marie Leonie Paradiswas born to a poor but religious family. Marie was educated by the Sisters of Notre Dame. Joined the Marianite Sisters of the Congregation of the Holy Cross in 1854, taking her final vows in 1857. Taught in Montreal, in New York, and in Indiana. With 14 of her sisters, she founded the Poor Sisters of the Holy Family, devoted to assisting priests and seminarians, at Memramcook, New Brunswick in 1877.


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