Saint Catherine Laboure was a French nun and mystic who lived in the 19th century. She is best known for her role in the apparitions of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. As a result, she is the patron saint of the Miraculous Medal, as well as of immigrants, immigrants to North America, and people rejected by religious orders.
Catherine Laboure was born on May 2nd, 1806, in Fain-les-Moutiers, France. She was the ninth of eleven children born to a peasant family. From a young age, she felt a strong desire to enter religious life, but her family opposed this and she was forced to work as a domestic servant for several years. Eventually, she was able to enter the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul in 1827, taking the name "Sister Catherine".
In 1830, Catherine experienced a series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the chapel of the motherhouse of her congregation. Mary revealed the design of the Miraculous Medal to her and told her to have it made and distributed to the faithful. The medal quickly became extremely popular and was credited with many miraculous healings and conversions. It is now worn by millions of people around the world.
Catherine spent the rest of her life in the motherhouse of her congregation, devoting herself to prayer and serving the poor. She died on December 31st, 1876, and was buried in the motherhouse cemetery.
Catherine was canonized by the Catholic Church on July 27th, 1947. Her feast day is celebrated on November 28th.
Saint Catherine Laboure performed many miracles during her lifetime, including healing the sick and providing food for the poor. She also had the ability to bilocate, which means she could appear in two places at once.
In addition to her role in the apparitions of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Saint Catherine also had a number of other mystical experiences throughout her life, including visions of Jesus and other saints. She also had the ability to read souls, and was known for her deep devotion to the Eucharist.