May 3: Blessed Blessed Marie-Leonie Paradis, Foundress From Canada

Blessed Marie-Leonie Paradis, 1840 – 1912

Elodie Paradis was born in the village of L’Acadie in Quebec, Canada. It was May 12, 1840. Her parents were poor but devout Catholics. They loved their little girl. When Elodie was nine, her parents decided to send her to a boarding school. They wanted her to have an excellent education. The Sisters of Notre Dame warmly received the new student. But Elodie and her family missed each other very much.

Mr. Paradis worked hard running a mill. But times were bad, and the mill did not produce enough to support his wife and children. He heard wonderful reports of the gold rush in California. He was so desperate that he decided to go. In California, Mr. Paradis did not find the wealth he hoped for. When he returned to L’Acadie, he was shocked to find that his Elodie had joined the convent. She had entered the Holy Cross congregation on February 21, 1854. Mr. Paradis went to the convent. He begged his daughter to return home, but she chose to remain. Finally, her father accepted it. She pronounced her vows in 1857. Blessed Marie-Leonie taught school in different cities. She prayed and lived her life joyfully. As time went on, Sister Marie-Leonie was led by Jesus to begin a new religious order in the Church. The Little Sisters of the Holy Family were begun in 1880. These loving sisters are devoted to the priesthood. They serve priests in the household care so important to their ministry. The Little Sisters of the Holy Family now have sixty-seven convents in Canada, the United States, Rome and Honduras.

Mother Marie Leonie worked for her sisters until the last few hours of her life. She was always frail and often ill. But she never stopped caring for God’s people. She put the last corrections on the pages of the book of rules she had written. She had it sent to the print shop. That book would give her sisters the guidance they would need for their life. It was Friday, May 3, 1912. Mother Marie-Leonie said she felt very tired. She went to rest and died a few hours later. She was seventy-one years old.

SOURCE: http://www.holyspiritinteractive.net/dailysaint/may/0504.asp

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9 Responses to May 3: Blessed Blessed Marie-Leonie Paradis, Foundress From Canada

  1. EVARISTUS CALVIN VEST,OCDS says:

    EVARISTUS CALVIN VEST,OCDS
    SMK ST JOSEPH,
    P.O.BOX 185,
    89608, PAPAR,
    SABAH, EAST MALAYSIA.

    PLEASE KINDLY SEND ME SOME MATERIAL OF BL.MARIE FOR AN EXHIBITION ON LIVES OF SAINTS AND BLESSEDS IN MY PARISH THIS COMING NOVEMBER.

    1.2 BIG POSTERS
    2.RELICS- 1ST CLASS/SECOND
    3.PRAYERCARDS/POSTCARDS
    4.BOOKS/BOOKLETS/PHAMPLETS
    5.MEDALS/BEATIFICATION BIG MEDALLION
    6.ETC…

    I HOPE TO GET A FAVOURABLE REPLY FROM YOU.THANK YOU

    CARMELITE SECULAR ORDER.

    • suzanne ooi says:

      hi, i am trying to contact evaristus calvin vest about the exhibition in papar. i have materials for the exhibition. please give me your email and phone number.

      thanks
      suzanne ooi

  2. Julianne says:

    I am 10 years old and I am writing a report about Saint Marie Leonie Paradis.An I wanted to thank you sisters for serving the church.

  3. Anonymous says:

    How do you reciece a true relic,1st or 2nd? I have heard of people having them, but never new how to aquire one. Thank you and God bless you for such an informative site.

  4. Brenda Flateau says:

    About relics

  5. brenda flateau says:

    I find the article about Blessed Mother Marie Leonie Paradis very interesting. How can I receive a true relic of Blessed Mother Leonie. I understand 3th class relics are very easy to obtain, and 2cd. and 1st. class are very rare. First class reserved for the Church only. If possible I would appreciate a relic for my personal devotion. Thank you, and in Jesus I trust, Brnda Flateau

  6. suzanne ooi says:

    further to my previous comment, you can email me your contact info at sooi@asia.com thanks

    suzanne

  7. Anonymous says:

    i lisa have found that after reading about mother marie leoine its vey intresting to know so much about her i learned alot of information about her and its really good i hope eveyone see that she was a good women and sister who acomplised alot just thought i say it god bless n take care. =)

  8. Anonymous says:

    what is she a patron saint of?

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