1886 - 1937
Terrible, a Spanish subject. When her father died, her mother couldn't cope with her children. Marie was placed in a Catholic orphanage run by the Sisters of Charity in Shanghai. Her daughter, Frances, remembers (2000), that she learnt French and English as well as German at this institution. Marie ran away when she realised they wanted her to become a nun. She tried returning to her mother, but this didn't work out, so she found a job in Waku Bar, where she met her future husband. She must have been placed in a different orphanage if the following is true: China became the first Sister of Charity foreign mission. In 1928 six Sisters arrived in Wuchang, a city about 750 miles up the Yangtze River from Shanghai. Here they operated a hospital and dispensary, cared for the aged and orphans, ran a school for young children, and a training program for nurses. By the early 1930s Chinese women began to join the community and in 1934 a novitiate was opened there. The Sisters remained in China through the Japanese invasion and occupation during World War II and the Chinese civil war, but they left in 1949 in the wake of the Communist takeover. On the other hand: At the end of 1900, Bishop Paris, superior of the mission, was named Vicar Apostolic and titular Bishop of Silanda. The following was the condition of the mission in 1907: 1 bishop; 142 Jesuits of whom 26 are Chinese; 35 native priests; 696 churches or chapels; one grand seminary at Zi-ka-wei with 29 students; one little seminary with 15 students; 558 schools for boys with 14,175 pupils; 604 schools for girls with 9360 pupils; two colleges for boys with 408 students; 2 colleges for European girls with 766 students (in Shanghai); 1 English school with 543 pupils; 1 French schools with 336 pupils; 6 hospitals with 3898 patients; 6 asylums for old men with 198 inmates; 37 orphanages with 6584 children; 29 Little Brothers of Mary; 32 Carmelite nuns, 20 of whom are natives; 91 Helpers of the Souls in Purgatory, 33 of whom are natives; 31 Sisters of Charity; 9 Little Sisters of the Poor; 173 Chinese religious; 145,219 Catholics, and 92,018 catechumens.
|Born: Shanghai, China 23rd Jan 1886 ||Baptised: |
|Died: Shanghai, China Nov 1937 ||Buried: |
Terrible of Spain