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St. Maria Bernarda Butler

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Feastday: May 19
Patron: Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Birth: May 28, 1848
Death: May 19, 1924
Beatified: October 29, 1995, Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City by Pope John Paul II
Canonized: October 12, 2008, Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City by Pope Benedict XVI

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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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