Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Friday 30 July |
Saint of the Day: Bl. Solanus Casey
Daily Prayer
And today we celebrate...Saint of the Day

Blessed Maria Caridad Brader

Patron Saint of missionaries, teachers, and catechists

MARIA-BRADER

Ulises Hernandez Pino CC

Founder of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate (1860-1943)

Her life

+ Maria Joefa Carolina Brader was born Kaltbrunn, Switzerland. Raised in a pious family, she was an intelligent child and received the best education her parents could provide and they had high hopes for her future prospects.

+ Maria Josefa ultimately discerned a call to religious life and entered the Franciscan convent of Maria Hilf in Alstatten in 1880, receiving the religious name “Maria Caridad (Charity) of the Love of the Holy Spirit.”

+ Sister Maria Caridad worked as a teacher and, in 1888, traveled with five other sisters of her community to serve as missionaries in Chone, Ecuador. She worked as a teacher for five years there, before being sent to Tùquerres, Colombia.

+ To more effectively serve the needs of the missions, she established a new community: the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate. First made up of Swiss girls who wanted to missionaries, the community soon welcomed women from Colombia and throughout Latin and South America. The sisters emphasized education for themselves and their students and were known for their dedication to praying for anyone in need.

+ Blessed Maria Caridad died in Pasto, Colombia, in 1943. She was beatified in 2003.

To learn more about the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate, visit: https://franciscansistersofmaryimmaculate.net/

Quote

See God’s will in everything, and do His will with joy, out of love for Him.”—Blessed Maria Caridad

Prayer

O God, who raised up blessed Maria Caridad in your Church to show others the way of salvation, grant us, by his (her) example, so to follow Christ the master, that we may come with our neighbor into your presence. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(from The Roman Missal: Common of Holy Men and Women—For Educators)

Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

Access our archives of daily saint biographies here
Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
HIDILYN DIAZ
Cerith Gardiner
Gold-winning Filipina Olympian shares her Miraculous Medal for th...
2
Zelda Caldwell
World-record winning gymnast Simone Biles leans on her Catholic f...
3
SIMONE BILES
Cerith Gardiner
Simone Biles leaves the Olympics with an important lesson for her...
4
ORGAN
J-P Mauro
Reconstructing a 12th-century pipe organ discovered in the Holy L...
5
PRINCESS DIANA AND MOTHER TERESA
Mathilde De Robien
Did you know Princess Di was buried with a rosary?
6
SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA
Philip Kosloski
This prayer to St. Anthony is said to have “never been know...
7
Lauren Daigle
J-P Mauro
After 3 years Lauren Daigle ousts herself from #1 Billboard spot
See More