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Charlene Richard, the Little Cajun Saint quovadis Charlene Richard, a young Cajun girl who died of leukemia in 1959, is regarded by many in south Louisiana as a saint. Thousands have made pilgrimages…More
Charlene Richard, the Little Cajun Saint quovadis
Charlene Richard, a young Cajun girl who died of leukemia in 1959, is regarded by many in south Louisiana as a saint. Thousands have made pilgrimages to her grave in Richard, Louisiana. Charlene Richard has become what might be called a folk, or local saint. Charlene was an active girl at 12 and played sports and was a good student. She had read a book about St. Therese and visited the church to pray to the Little Flower. Then the youngster went home and asked her grandmother if she prayed like St. Therese, she could become a saint like her. Her grandmother told her that she could. Only two weeks after being diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia; which at that time was a death sentence. While being hospitalized, Charlene offered her suffering to God in prayers for others. Those who were close to her say her attitude through it all was an example for us all. Since her death, thousands have visited her grave every year and many miracles have been attributed to her intercession. Bishop Deshotel opened the official cause for her sainthood on August 11, 2020. She now has the title of "Servant of God" and her cause for sainthood now moves forward in Rome.
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