Marie-Bernarde Soubirous was a miller’s daughter born in Lourdes, France. She was said to have had witnessed the virgin Mary appearing to her, which resulted in her becoming a saint and Lourdes becoming a sacred place. According to the story, when Bernadette, who could not read or write and who barely passed her religious education classes, asked the lady her name, she responded, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” The faithful believed her to be the Virgin Mary, and she is said to have appeared to Bernadette 18 times. The Roman Catholic Church recognized Lourdes as a holy place in 1862 and Bernadette’s visions of Mary in a cave as authentic. Saint Bernadette was canonized in 1933, as patron of the sick, and Lourdes emerged as one of the premier pilgrimage sites in the world.
Although Cecilia is one of the most famous of the Roman martyrs, the familiar stories about her are apparently not founded on authentic material. There is no trace of honor being paid her in early times. A fragmentary inscription of the late fourth century refers to a church named after her, and her feast was celebrated at least in 545. According to legend, Cecilia was a young Christian of high rank betrothed to a Roman named Valerian. Through her influence Valerian was converted, and was martyred along with his brother.
Francis first sent Clare to live with a community of Benedictine nuns in San Paolo, near Bastia, and at one point her relatives--it is thought that her father may have died by this time--learned of her whereabouts and attempted to bring her home by force. She resisted, however, reportedly clinging to the altar and declaring she would be the bride of no other except for Christ. While staying at another Benedictine monastery in Panzo, she was joined by her younger sister Agnes. Soon Francis found them a substandard dwelling next to the chapel of San Damiano, and with this Clare established with him a women's religious community that she called "Order of Poor Ladies;" it later became known as the Poor Clares. The order was
The Prison Angel Tina Bell-Colford October 31, 2014 The Prison Angel The Prison Angel is an inspiring story about a woman named Mary Clarke, who was later known as Mother Antonia. Raised in Beverly Hills, Mary Clarke was married and divorced twice and the mother of seven children. Throughout the years, Mary volunteered for many charities, one of which was delivering supplies to prisoners at La Mesa Prison in Tijuana, Mexico. When Mary’s second marriage ended, her trips to La Mesa became more frequent and she eventually moved into a tiny cell inside the prison walls. Mary decided to become a nun, because she believed a Catholic nun would be more trusted than a housewife delivering donated clothing.
In exchange St. Bueno offered to teach Winefride. Under St. Bueno’s teaching, Winefride made great progress in learning and virtue. With her parent’s permission she made a vow of chastity, to serve God and become a nun. News of her beauty and learning accomplishments spread through the country, gaining the attention of Caradoc, son of Prince Alen who wished to seek her hand in marriage. The thought of Winefride giving herself to God seemed to add to the challenge for Caradoc, who
Established a women’s medical school A. She was made fun of in medical school B. School was used to train certified Civil War nurses C. She was asked to do the same in Europe that she did her in the United States D. Left infirmary and medical school for Emily to run E. Specializing in pediatrics and obstetrics F. Efforts helped the decrease of infant mortality rates G. Routine practices of today V. Conclusion Elizabeth Blackwell Changes the World There are now many women doctors all over America and the world. However, Elizabeth Blackwell paved the way for all the women doctors of today. She was very brave and never gave up.
A woman lacking these virtues is severely looked down upon by society, and is considered a “fallen angel”. Mary Eliza Herbert advocates True Womanhood values in her story, “Light in the Darkness: A Sketch from Life.” She does so by presenting two women, Ms. Dormer and her daughter Blanche, whom each posses these four virtues, therefore representing idealistic women of the mid 1800’s. The first virtue of True Womanhood is piety or religion, which Welter describes as the core of women’s virtue, and the source of her strength (152). A woman who is religious, participates in church activity, and follows the bible is assumed to lead a happy, sensible life. Ms. Dormer has a strong pious virtue, as she has a strong relationship with God which gives her strength and hope, and believes that God will provide for her and her family even at the hard times when she is without a husband.
From the time of the early church, women were not ordained to the priesthood but as religious sisters and nuns, they came to play an important role in Christianity through convents and abbeys and have continued through history to be active - particularly in the establishment of schools, hospitals, nursing homes and monastic settlements. In some communities women were allowed to serve as priests and great power was attributed to the Virgin Mary. As stated in chapter 11, P. 9.14, Women were to pray with their head covered, or dishonor their “head”. Women were also allowed to be independent, and could move up and down classes as they pleased, due to the lack of caste system
Julia Fahl Martha Easton Medieval Art History 05/01/09 The different roles of Mary and their affect on Women of the time During the 12th to 15th centuries the Virgin Mary became a growing icon in Christian art. Do to a large following of non-church members and a history of apocrypha that was continually depicted throughout this time period, Mary became the most influential female image. During this shift, Mary occupied the roles of mother, woman and saint. Each of these roles has been depicted by a huge spectrum of art, song, and prayer. Her responsibilities have ranged from a vessel of the lord to a mediator between Christ and humanity.
On “May of 1931 Mother Teresa made her first profession of vows and was assigned to Saint Mary High School for Girls, in Calcutta, India,” teaching girls from the poorest Bengali families. Six years later Mother Teresa took her final profession of vows to a life of poverty, chastity, and obedience. “As a custom of the Loreto nuns she took on the title mother, and became known as Mother Teresa.” In 1946 Mother Teresa had a second calling while riding a train from Calcutta to the Himalayan foothills, which transformed her life. She states, “Christ spoke and told her to abandon teaching to work in the slums of Calcutta aiding the city’s poorest and sickest people”. Mother Teresa, just like Moses in the bible answered the call and served people regardless of their race, religion or