Monday, September 20, 2010

St. Emily de Rodat (Sept. 6, 1787 to Sept.19, 1852)

So many authors and poets are "discovered" after their deaths, with Emily Dickinson being a prime example. However, rarely do you hear about it with the saints.
And, yet, there is another Emily, whose diary found after her passing, revealed that she was a mystic with tremendous healing powers.
St. Emily de Rodat was born in Rodez, Aveyron, France on Sept. 6, 1787. She was raised by her grandmother and became a school teacher. She devoted much of her time to teaching poor children who otherwise would not have had the chance to be educated. She also helped young women and prisoners.
St. Emily de Rodat founded an order which became the Religious Congregation of the Holy Family of Villefranche. She died in Villefranche, Ayeron on Sept. 19, 1852. Canonized: 1950. Her feast day is Sept. 19.

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