God, the exaltation of the lowly, who willed that Blessed Marie-Céline
Germaine Castang on
soon the shadow of the Cross fell across the happy household.
At age four, Germaine contracted a strange infection which left her
leg crippled. Her father’s imprudent business ventures brought the
family to utter destitution.
of her brothers died in an epidemic; a fourth contracted tuberculosis
while serving in the army.
the sorrows mounted, Germaine’s virtue deepened.
She begged for her family’s daily bread, cared for her siblings,
comforted her parents.
last her father found employment, Germaine was sent to boarding school.
It was there that the seed of a religious vocation began to
But what community
would accept a poor girl with a crippled leg?
day, when visiting an extern Sister of the Poor Clare Monastery in
Talence, Germaine mentioned her desire to enter religious life.
An interview was arranged, and the abbess recognized the signs of
God’s work in this ardent young soul.
Germaine was received to enter, and, from her first day in the
monastery, showed herself wholly committed to her vocation.
I do not want to be a religious by halves,
In heaven I shall
forget no one,
Marie-Céline assured her Sisters. As the fragrance of her holiness spread
so did reports of favors received through her intercession.
Pope Pius XII solemnly proclaimed the heroic virtues of Sister
Marie-Céline of the Presentation in 1957, and on