Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pope honours Lincolnshire vicar's daughter Frances Taylor with 'second stage of sainthood'

From the UK-

Frances Taylor, the Lincolnshire-born founder of a Roman Catholic order of nuns, is well on her way to being declared a saint - 114 years after her death.

Pope Francis, the leader of the faith, has declared that she can be called "Venerable."

It means that the youngest daughter of an 19th century Lincolnshire rector has been officially recognised for her "heroic virtues."

And the Vatican announcement marks the second stage in the process of being declared a saint.

Born in Stoke Rochford, near Grantham, in 1832, Frances was the youngest daughter of Anglican rector Henry Taylor.

Her experiences as volunteer nurse in the Crimean War alongside Florence Nightingale led her to convert to Roman Catholicism in 1855.

And in 1872, aged 40, she founded the religious order of nuns the Poor Servants of the Mother of God.

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