Effective immediately, Saint Louise de Marillac’s feast will be celebrated on May 9. (Her feast day was was formerly March 15).
St. Louise de Marillac was born August 12, 1591. She married Antoine LeGras on February 5, 1613, had a son named Michel, and was widowed when Antoine died on December 21, 1625. St. Vincent de Paul then became her spiritual director, and under his guidance she became very active in caring for the poor and in visiting the Confraternities of Charity. With Vincent, Louise co-founded the Daughters of Charity on November 29, 1633. She died March 15, 1660, and was canonized in 1934. In 1960, Pope John XXIII proclaimed her the patron saint of all Christian social workers.
On May 9th, the feast day of St. Louise de Marillac, we pray for her guidance as we commit to serve the disadvantaged as she did.