Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Where:  Rue du bac, Paris, France 

When: 27 November 1830, 8 July 1830


On 8 July 1830, On the eve of the feast of Saint Vincent De Paul, Catherine Labour'e stated that that she

Woke up at hearing the voice of a child calling her to the chapel, where she heard Mother Mary telling her:- "God wishes to charge you with a mission. You will be contradicted, but do not fear; you will have the grace to do what is necessary. Tell your spiritual director all that passes within you. Times are evil in France and in the world." 


On 27 November 1830, Catherine reported that blessed virgin Mary appeared to her during evening meditations. The virgin displayed herself inside an oval frame, standing on a globe.

She wore many rings set with gems that shone rays of light over the globe. Around the margin of the frame appeared the words Ô Marie, conçue sans péché, priez pour nous qui avons recours à vous ("O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee")

As Catherine watched, the frame seemed to rotate, showing a circle of twelve stars, a large letter M surmounted by a cross, and the stylized Sacred Heart of Jesus crowned with thorns and Immaculate Heart of Mary pierced with a sword. Asked why some of the gems did not shed light, Mary reportedly replied, "Those are the graces for which people forget to ask." Sister Catherine then heard the Virgin Mary ask her to take these images to her father confessor, telling him that they should be put on medallions, and saying "All who wear them will receive great graces.


Sister Catherine did so, and after two years of investigation and observation of Catherine's ordinary daily behavior, the priest took the information to his archbishop without revealing Catherine's identity. The request was approved and medallions were designed and produced through goldsmith Adrien Vachette.



St Catherine Laboure:

Born:  2nd May 1806

Died:  13th December 1876

Beatified:   May 28th 1933

Canonized:  July 27th 1947