Vincentiana Purchase of the Week Beatification of Louise de Marillac and the Martyrs of Arras

The Vincentiana Collection at Archives and Special Collections of the John T. Richardson Library at DePaul University recently purchased this 1920 French medal commemorating the beatification of Louise de Marillac and the Martyrs of Arras (May 20, 1920).

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Comment by Susan O'Brien on February 18, 2016 at 3:56pm

What a wonderful purchase.  I wonder how many of these medals were purchased.  I've been wondering about the almost simultaneous beatification of Louise de Marillac and the Martyrs of Arras with the canonization of Joan of Arc.  A way to renew French Catholicism through heroic female figures from the past in the wake of the most bloody and terrible War perhaps?

Comment by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. on February 19, 2016 at 7:51am

Given the trauma of the separation of Church/State and its impact on religious women in France.  There was a wave of pro-feminine/pro-catholic/pro-patrie/pro-"bonne soeurs" sentiment that emerges because of their heroism during W.W. I.  Reaching into the past to canonize these figures is a safer way of promoting the French/Catholic faith in the post W.W. I and pre W.W. II era.  There is a little edginess though in canonizing the martyrs of Arras.  The Republic after all is the heir of the French Revolution.

Comment by Susan O'Brien on February 19, 2016 at 11:01am

Thanks for that thought.  I hadn't quite put together the problematic aspect of beatifying and then canonizing the martyrs of Arras.

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