In the left hand column of this page is a link to a printable Sr. Marie prayer card. The link goes to a copy of the front of the prayer card with the photograph of Sr. Marie and the beautiful prayer. Do you wonder what is on the back of the prayer card?
Under another striking photograph of Sister Marie standing in front of Mary’s House at Ephesus is this short biography.
Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey, D.C. was born of a distinguished family at the family estate – Chateau de Grancey (Bourgogne) in France, in 1837. In 1858 she became a Sister when she joined the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in the parish of St. Sulpice, Paris. On September 27, 1862 she made her Religious Profession. After years of nursing in France, she was assigned to the Mission to Turkey in 1886, serving in the French Naval Hospital at Smyrna. In 1890 she became the Superior of the Community and of the Hospital. While there, she became the central figure of an effort by Vincentian priests and archeologists to locate and identify a house (July 29, 1891) said to be originally occupied by Mary, the Mother of Jesus and by St. John, the Beloved Disciple in the first century. Besides being a pious and devout Religious, Sister Marie was also gifted with a profound practical sensibility. She at once secured the purchase of the house and its property (November 15, 1892), despite many obstacles. The noteworthiness of the Domus Mariae (Meryem Ana Evi) is located in the fact that it is a precious shrine for both Moslems and Christians alike. Pope Paul VI visited the House on the 26th of July, 1967 and Pope John Paul II came here to celebrate Mass, as a public pilgrim November 30, 1979. Sister Marie lived an heroic life of Christian charity and devout dedication to the dignity of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Sister Marie died in 1915 in the midst of the First World War. Her cause for canonization is currently being considered.
Jerome M. Vereb, C.P., S.T.D.
" I am not a priest and cannot bless them, but all that the heart of a mother can ask of God for her children, I ask of Him and will never cease to ask Him." ~ Sister Marie