WHO WERE THEY?
Who were these seven FMM who, on 9th July 1900, in Taiyuan-Fu, China, gave their life for the Lord they loved, along with other Catholics, both Roman and Orthodox and Protestants?
Seven women of flesh and blood like any of us.
Seven young people coming from families
that had nothing extraordinary about them.
Seven Sisters, with their desire to serve God,
the Church, the poor, the missions,
with their gifts, talents and possibilities,
with their own temperaments, their personal
histories, their faults, their defects.
Very like us.
Perhaps, they shared one common characteristic:
an immense desire to respond seriously
to God's call,
to open up their lives to the Spirit,
and allow the Spirit's work to be done in them,
as did Mary of Nazareth.
THEIR NAMES WERE:
Marie Hermine - French - 34 years old
Marie Amandine - Belgian - 28 years old
Maria Chiara - Italian - 28 year old
Marie de Ste Nathalie - French - 36 years old
Marie Adolphine - Dutch - 34 years old
Marie de St Just - French - 34 years old
Maria della Pace - Italian - 25 years old