St. Catherine Labouré comes to life through an improvisational performance.
St. Catherine Labouré responded to a divine calling by entering the community of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris. During the first months of her novitiate, she was favored with a number of apparitions of the Blessed Virgin, who confided to her the mission of having the Miraculous Medal made. Following Our Lady’s instruction, St. Catherine relayed Mary’s request to create the famous Miraculous Medal of Our Lady of Graces worn by millions of people around the world.
With the goal of propagating the story of the Blessed Mother’s gift of the Miraculous Medal, the Saint Alive program seeks to dramatize St. Catherine Labouré’s divine commission through an original solo, multi-media performance featured at The Miraculous Medal Shrine and myriad community venues.
Drawing heavily on biographical writings by members of the Vincentian community, this solo performance brings St. Catherine to life through direct address and improvisational interaction. The programming is malleable depending on the audience, as outreach is also a major goal of this endeavor. When “on tour,” school groups can tailor more educationally minded, dramatic presentations; onsite pilgrimages can feature St. Catherine as a more inspirational, prayerful presence.
Additional offerings can include opportunities to combine the story of the Miraculous Medal with a tour of the artwork and statuary at the Shrine, as well as scheduled times where guests can “meet St. Catherine” and have a one-on-one encounter with the actress fully in character.
The simplicity of St. Catherine’s life endears her to everyone. She became a saint by doing her commonplace duties well for God. A “Saint of Ordinary People,” she holds the secret of sanctity for us all. Perpetuating her message of devotion to the Blessed Mother through the intercession of the Miraculous Medal is our mission of inspiring devotion to Mary and giving true meaning to spreading her message of love.