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Who is St. Lucy Yi ZhenMei?

Mike Hayes Answers:

Question: My daughter and I are doing research on a Saint from China (she is adopted from there). What is St. Lucy Yi ZhenMei the patron saint of?

While not any official patronage is assigned yet to St. Lucy Yi ZhenMei, she is one of the newly canonized Martyr-Saints of China.

She was born in 1815 and was always very pious even professing chastity at the age of 12. She taught children the faith and when approached by local parish priests to teach children she’d do it and never accept the small stipend that the priest would offer her for her service.

She’d later become a missionary and gave her life along with other Chinese missionaries who refused to renounce their faith in Jesus.

February 19th is her feast day. Some have said that she should be the patron of schoolteachers or religious educators in China, but no official patronage has been assigned to her as of yet.

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  • Quentin Schneider

    Our daughter is named (and baptised) after Saint ChenMei Lucia YI. It was recently the 140th anniversary of the saint’s martyrdom. We used the spelling of ChenMei, as ZhenMei may have been a bit challenging for many Australians to easily spell. Mei (her shortened name) is now 4. Her mother (my wife) is ethnic Chinese from Indonsia.

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