Beatification of Venerable Magdalen of the Sacred Heart

One of our most current works as the Poor Servants of the Mother of God is to prepare the Cause of Venerable Magdalen Magdalen of the Sacred Heart for canonization.

Prior to founding our congregation in 1854, Frances "Fanny" Taylor volunteered at the tender age of 22 to join Florence Nightingale in Scutari, Turkey. Britain, France, and the Ottoman Empire were at war with Russia in what was called the Crimean War. Wounded soldiers needed care, and Taylor consoled them along with other volunteers including Irish nuns from the Sisters of Mercy. As an educated woman, she was often asked to write the dying men's last letters home. She quickly discovered the depth of faith the nuns and the dying Irish soldiers shared. Four months after arriving in the Crimea, she was accepted into the Catholic Church by a Jesuit army chaplain.

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Venerable Magdalen of the Sacred Heart
We seek to have Venerable Magdalen of the Sacred Heart canonized for a variety of reasons, though none more important than her role as Prophet. A Prophet communicates God's message. The message gives a vision to the world that inspires people and encourages them.
Today, we would say that Venerable Magdalen of the Sacred Heart found her Voice - or rather she found God's own voice crying out in her what he wanted her to do, speaking to the people of God in Victorian times. Here are four marks of her being a Prophet:
bulletShe was inspired to write a book, Eastern Hospitals and English Nurses - an expose´ showing the neglect of the soldiers, and the injustice and indignities they suffered. As Prophet, her message was: It is not sufficient to accept things the way they are. People deserve better and they should get it.
bulletShe called for the reform of the character of paid nurses, whom she often found to be drunk, immoral and insubordinate. The horror for Venerable Magdalen of the Sacred Heart was that sick and dying patients were left in the care of these so-called nurses. Consequently, she was not willing to accept things the way they were; things should be better and most certainly the sick and the dying deserved better.
bullet In the Apostleship of Prayer program, a person unites with the intentions of the church daily all over the world so as to be as close as possible to the mind of the church in its concerns and prayers for its suffering members. Prayer touched the two great loves of her life - the Sacred Heart and the Poor. As an encourager, she convinced Fr. Dignam, SJ, to change the Messenger of the Sacred Heart from being an expensive literary magazine into a popular penny-worth magazine which quickly circulated freely among the poor. She further encouraged Fr. Cullen, SJ, in Dublin to make the magazine available to people in Ireland. Within a year, the first Irish Messenger of the Sacred Heart appeared, reaching a circulation of 73,000. This Messenger is still published in Ireland today. Read more about The Messenger here: www.messenger.ie
bulletThe fourth mark of her being Prophet is found in her call to be the Foundress of our Congregation, the Poor Servants of the Mother of God.

Now in the last stages of preparing a positio (a document detailing her life, works, and heroic virtues), our goal is to send Venerable Magdalen of the Sacred Heart's Cause to the Vatican where two miracles will be sought for her beatification and canonization. To learn more about our efforts, contact us.

On June 13, 2014 Pope Francis declared as Venerable Mother Magdalen of the Sacred Heart and authorized the Church to search for the two healing miracles needed to proclaim her a saint.