Saint Emily de Vialar (also known as Saint Amelie) is a French saint and was born in 1797, in Toulouse, France, and died in 1856, in Algiers. She was canonized on February 24th, 1951 by Pope Pius XII.
She devoted her life to serving the poor, the sick, and the marginalized, and her work earned her the nickname "Mother of the Poor".
Emily was born into a wealthy family and was well-educated, but she was always drawn to helping those in need. After her father's death in 1813, she felt called to devote her life to God. She was especially devoted to the Virgin Mary, and in 1821, she joined the religious order of the Daughters of St. Joseph.
She left her comfortable life to work with the poor and the sick in Algiers, where she founded the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition, a congregation of nuns dedicated to providing education and healthcare to women and children in need. The order quickly grew and expanded to other countries, including France, Italy, and Canada.
Saint Emily de Vialar is the patron saint of Algeria, and she is also venerated as the patroness of widows, orphans, and those who care for the sick. Her feast day is celebrated on June 17th.
One interesting fact about Saint Emily de Vialar is that she was a strong advocate for women's rights and education, and she fought against the practice of female genital mutilation in Algeria. She also faced opposition from the colonial authorities and the Catholic Church, but she persisted in her mission to help those in need.
Saint Emily de Vialar was a woman of great courage, compassion, and faith who devoted her life to serving the poor. Her legacy continues to inspire people around the world.