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300 Pike Street, Box 366, Meadow Lands, PA 15347
Rectory. Tel:: 724-222-1911, Fax: 724-222-5688
Rev. Carmen A. D'Amico, Pastor
The Shrine of Saint Catherine Labouré
(Based on the book"A light shining on the earth" for the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Canonization of Saint Catherine Laboure -1947-1997)
On January 3, 1877, the body of Catherine Labouré was laid to rest in the crypt of the chapel at Reuilly. Her remains were interred there until the time of her beatification.
On March 21, 1933, Catherine's tomb was opened and her body was exhumed. The witness to this event included representatives from the Archdiocese of Paris, the Daughters of Charity, the Congregation of the Mission, and medical experts. To everyone's great astonishment, when the coffin was opened, the body of Sister Catherine was found to be incorrupt.
After a detailed examination, the body was taken to the mother house of the Daughters of Charity in Paris. A large group of Vincentians and Daughters of Charity were on hand for this solemn and prayerful occasion.
The next day, the archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Verdier, addressed the Daughters of Charity and Vincentians who had gathered at the mother house in the presence of the remains of Sister Catherine:
"It is infinitely more important that you endeavor to keep Catherine's spirit rather than just watch over her remains. I believe that you now have among you the "the saint of humility"".
A detailed medical examination of Sister Catherine's exhumed remains concluded: "The body is in perfect state of preservation, and its joints are still supple."
After the celebration of the beatification on May 28, 1933, the body of Sister Catherine was placed under the renovated altar honoring the "Virgin of the Globe."
Thus, countless pilgrims have been able to gather close to her as they pray for her intercession, and that of the Blessed Virgin.
Sister Catherine Labouré has been canonized by Pope Pius XII on July 27, 1947.
Tombstone of Sister Catherine Labouré in Reuilly, near Paris.
Incorrupt body of Saint Catherine in the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal, at 140 rue du Bac, Paris, France (side of the main altar).
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