By Fr. James Fitz, SM, University of Dayton
Mother Franca Zonta, FMI, Superior General of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (Marianist Sisters) and Fr. Antonio Gascòn, Postulator of the Cause, have announced the good news that on May 4, 2017, our Holy Father, Francis, signed the Decree of Beatification for Mother Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon. The Congregation of the Causes of Saints rendered in their meeting of May 2 a favorable judgment regarding the miraculous cure of Sr. Michela Messina, FMI. The miracle was attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Mother Adele.
The whole Marianist family is grateful to God, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary and Venerable Mother Adele for this happy outcome. The date for the actual beatification ceremony has not been set. At that time, Venerable Adele will be declared blessed and will join the other declared Blessed members of the Marianist Family: Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and the Marianist martyrs.
Marianists around the world will offer Mass in thanksgiving for this grace of Venerable Adele’s beatification in a celebration on the Eucharist on Friday, May 12. For the Marianist family, May 12 is the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces, and a special day for all the Marianist religious. This day commemorates the canonical approbation by the Church of the Society of Mary and the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate on May 12, 1869 by Pope Pius IX.
Venerable Adèle as a teenager in Agen, France began an Association of young women and local priests who supported each other by writing letters to one another in their goal of leading Christian lives. After a providential meeting with Blessed Chaminade, her Association became a new section of his Sodality. Adèle and a number of the members of her Association decided to form a new religious congregation of women. This project with the guidance of Blessed Chaminade evolved into the Daughters of Mary Immaculate founded in 1816. It is the women’s religious branch of the Marianist family.