The Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Paris, Ile-de-France, France

The Chapel of the Daughters of Charity was consecrated in Paris on August 6, 1815 and dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The building was previously the medieval Hotel de Chatillon.

St. Catherine Labouré (born Zoe Laboure) was born to a middle-class farming family in Burgundy on May 2, 1806. She felt a call to the monastic life early, and had a dream of St. Vincent-de-Paul her “God has plans for you.”  On April 21, 1830, at the age of 24, Zoe entered the Daughters of Charity Mother House on the Rue du Bac in Paris. Shortly thereafter, she changed her name to Catherine. St. Catherine soon reported three appearances of Mary that would lead to a new devotion throughout the Catholic Church.

The apparitions began on the night of July 18, 1830, just a few months into her monastic life. The young nun was awakened at 11:30 pm by a small child who told her to “Come to the Chapel, the Blessed Virgin is waiting for you.” Catherine dressed and did so, and found the chapel fully lit.

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