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Mother M. Caterina Falanagan

Servant of God


Madre CaterinaMother M. Catherine Flanagan was born in London on 17th July 1892 to Irish parents, in a rather austere but affectionately warm family atmosphere. From childhood she was brought up in close contact with the sacraments and the liturgy, which she deeply loved.

In September 1911, directed by  Fr. Benedict Williamson, pastor of the Parish of St. Gregory in London, she arrived at the house of St. Bridget in Piazza Farnese to follow the call of God and be a member of the first Bridgettine community in Rome. Between 1913 and 1915 she completed the first stage of her spiritual formation and made her temporary Profession. She remained there until 1927 when she was sent to Sweden for a year. Later we find her as Mother Superior in Lugano (1928), England (1931), and Vadstena (1935). In 1939 she moved to Djursholm  where she was hit by an incurable disease. Consequently she was recovered in a Catholic nursing home in Stockholm, where she spent the last months of his life in great suffering, praying for Sweden and edifying all by her example. She died on 19th March 1941 with clear signs of predestination and in loving compliance with the will of the Lord. On 22nd March 1941 her corpse was transferred in the ancient cemetery of Vadstena where it still rests to this day.


Eldest daughter of the Blessed Mother Elizabeth, her life was characterised by her total availability and sincere fidelity to God's Providence that, in the last period of her life, signed her with the cross.






Prayer for the Beatification of the Servant of God Mother M. Catherine Flanagan, O.SS.S (1892-1941)


                                   O Lord, holy and merciful Father,

                                   You have endowed Your Servant Catherine

                                   with heroic strength

                                   in the vicissitudes of life

                                   and with an ardent spirit of charity

                                   towards those who suffer;

                                   grant to us,

                                   who behold in her the wonders of Your love,

                                   that we may pay her due homage

                                   and benefit of her intercession

                                   before Your merciful face.


                                   Glory be… 3 times

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