Marthe Robin

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Marthe Robin

Marthe Robin (born on 13 March 1902 in Châteauneuf-de-Galaure, died on 6 February 1981) was a French Roman Catholic mystic and reported stigmatist.[1][2] She became bedridden when she was 21 years old, and remained so until her death.[3] According to EWTN she ate nothing for many years except receiving Holy Eucharist.[4]


Marthe Robin was born into a peasant farming family, on 13 March 1902 in Châteauneuf-de-Galaure, France. Her parents were not practicing Christians.[5] In 1928, she entered the Franciscan Third order.[6] In 1936, she founded the Foyers de Charité.[7] This influenced the founders of various communities within the charismatic renewal, including the Community of St. John, the Emmanuel Community, and the Community of the Beatitudes. A diocesan inquiry about her possible beatification was started in 1986[8] and forwarded to the Vatican in 1998.[9]


  1. ^ Michael Freze, 1993, They bore the wounds of Christ, OSV Publishing ISBN 0-87973-422-1 page 284
  2. ^ Michael Freze, 1993, Voices, Visions, and Apparitions, OSV Publishing ISBN 0-87973-454-X page 252
  3. ^ The Catholic tradition by Thomas Langan 1998 ISBN 0-8262-1183-6 page 446
  4. ^ EWTN
  5. ^ "Marthe Robin's life", the Foyers de Charité
  6. ^ (French) "Marthe Robin Souffrance, lumière et charité" Serge Lafitte, in "Les mystiques", Le Monde des Religions, May-June 2007, page 37
  7. ^ Vatican website
  8. ^ (French) "Entretien avec le postulateur de la cause de béatification de Marthe Robin", Retrieved 24 June 2009
  9. ^ (French) "Anniversaire de la mort de Marthe Robin", Retrieved 24 June 2009
This article incorporates information from the revision as of 2009-06-24 of the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.

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