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St. Marie Hermine and Companions, Martyrs of China (+ Video)
On July 8th, the Church and our Institute celebrates the liturgical feast of St. Marie Hermine and her Companions, seven young FMM sisters, massacred in China, on 9th July 1900, in Taiyuan-fu.
Coming from diverse family situations and four different countries, they met in the family of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. Together, on 12th March 1899, they left the Port of Marseilles for China. Having arrived at Taiyuan-fu, in the region of Shanxi on 4th May, with faith and courage they endured the sacrifices necessary to adapt to a new climate, enter a very different culture, weave new relationships…
They carried in their hearts an immense desire, which is that of Christ:“That they may have life and have it in abundance”.
– To a world so different from theirs, to an ancient and mysterious culture;
– A waiting for relationships, to understand and welcome and to be understood
and welcomed, so that communion may be born, may grow and bear fruit;
– The disponibility to serve the orphans, the women and the sick, to give
without measure, with humility and creativity, with gentleness and strength;
– The suffering in face of the needs of so many persons who come to them,
and the limitations of what they can do…
A year after their arrival, the Boxer Rebellion erupted. Among others, one of its consequences was the massacre of the entire mission of Taiyuan-fu: two bishops, several missionaries, a group of Chinese Christians and the entire community of FMM sisters.
Marie Hermine and her companions were beatified in 1946 and canonized in 2000, together with other martyrs of China.
On this day, we invite you to watch and download the video