June 12th: Saint Fleur of Beaulieu
Virgin of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem and of Rhodes and of Malta
Saint Fleur (Flora) was born about 1300 at Maurs in France. At the age of thirteen, she took the veil in the convent of the Sisters of St. John of Jerusalem at Beaulieu, in the diocese of Cahors (France), where she devoted herself to tending the poor and the sick in the hospital attached to the convent. She sublimated distractions and temptations in the love of God and in mystical experiences. She had a special devotion to Christ Crucified, to Our Lady of the Annunciation, and to Saint John the Baptist, the patron of the Order of Saint John. She died in 1347 and her relics are still in the church at Issendolus in the Diocese of Cahors.
Saint Fleur, for 33 of your 47 years on earth, you served the sick and the poor as a sister of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. Pray for the Order and its members, who serve the sick and the poor.
Almighty and merciful God, who wished blessed Fleur to love and live as a virgin in the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, grant that, following her example, we also may love you more and more.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
This information was provided by Fra’ James-Michael von Stroebel. Click here to view the complete Calendar of Liturgical Celebrations Proper to the Order.