Marie Léonie Martin was born on June 3, 1863 at Alençon, Orne, France. She was the third child of Louis Martin and Zélie Guérin She was known as Léonie. She was baptised on the feast of Corpus Christi at St. Pierre de Montsort, Alençon and named after her Godmother Léonie Tifenne, who was a family friend, her Godfather was her cousin, Adolphe Leriche. Léonie suffered poor health all her life and her parents feared she would not survive childhood. Her problems were increased by the abuse of a maid who bullied her and treated her as a slave, until her eldest sister discovered what was happening. She was unable to settle at school as a young child, but in January 1878 she went as a weekly boarder to the Benedictine school of L’Abbaye Notre-Dame-du-Pré in Lisieux. Léonie tried her vocation briefly as a Poor Clare nun at Alençon, but she did not have the necessary health and returned to her family. Later she entered the Visitation Monastery at Caen and on the third attempt was able to make her religious profession for life. She eventually became an exemplary nun and in 2015 was declared a Servant of God. Her cause for beatification is being investigated. Léonie died at the Visitation Monastery at Caen, Normandy, France on June 16, 1941. She was buried in the crypt of the monastery. After her death, Léonie was almost forgotten. But the people discovered her, and, about 1960, the nuns of her monastery began to receive letters from all over the world asking them to pray that Léonie might obtain graces from God for them. Some of these letters came from the parents of special needs children, from families in conflict, and from persons who, like Léonie, struggled to find and to fulfill their vocations. These letters were followed by letters of thanksgiving. Pilgrims come to went to the monastery to pray at her tomb in the crypt. On July 2, 2015 the solemn opening of the cause for Léonie's beatification and canonization took place in the chapel of the Visitation Monastery at Caen. On January 21, 2017 Léonie was laid to rest in a new tomb in the public Chapel of the Visitation Monastery in Caen, following Mass at which Mgr. Boulanger, Bishop of Seez, was the chief celebrant . (See photo in images)
Marie Léonie MARTIN, Visitandine, sœur Françoise Thérèse, née à Alençon (Orne) le 3 juin 1863, veille de la Fête-Dieu, baptisée à Alençon le lendemain, à l'âge de un jour, décédée à Caen (Calvados) le 16 juin 1941, à l'âge de soixante-dix-huit ans.
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