Margaret Mary, Saint

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Margaret Mary, Saint,

1647–90, French nun of the Visitation Convent of Paray-le-Monial, Saône-et-Loire dept., France. Her family name was Alacoque. Jesus appeared to her in a number of visions. In one of the visions she experienced Jesus requested she inaugurate devotion to his Sacred Heart. Devotion to the Sacred Heart has become one of the principal cults of the Roman Catholic Church, largely as a result of St. Margaret Mary's visions. She was canonized in 1920. Feast: Oct. 17.
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The diocesan bulletin asked the question, "What will we do in 1889?" then answered the question by pointing out that the diocese would celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of Marguerite Marie Alacoque and her visions of the Sacre-Coeur.(24) In an act of sheer political genius, the year of the execution of Donatien and Rogatien was fixed at 289 so that their anniversary also aligned auspiciously.