Sister Maria Lucia of Jesus and of the Immaculate Heart
(Fatima, 22.03.1907- Coimbra, 13.02.2005)
Sister Lucia was born in Aljustrel, a village in the parish of Fatima, in Portugal. Together with her cousins, Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto, she was visited three times by an Angel (1916) and six times by Our Lady (1917), asking them to pray and do penance for the remission of sins and the conversion of sinners. Sr Lucia’s special mission was to spread devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as the kernel of the Message of Fatima.
She joined the Congregation of St Dorothy in Spain. where she received apparitions in Tuy and Pontevedra. Seeking a more withdrawn life in response to the Message which Our Lady had entrusted to her, Lucia later entered the Carmel in Coimbra, where she devoted herself more deeply to prayer and penance. Our Lady came for her on 13th February, 2005, and her body was laid to rest in the Basilica in Fatima on 19th February 2006.
Sister Lucia’s cause for Beatification Process was started just three years after her death, on 13th February 2008.
Servant of God, Sister Lucia, pray for us!