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Why SOG Mary Lange should be your next inspiration

February 04, 2022

sOG Mary lange

Native Country: Santiago de Cuba
Immigrated to: USA (Baltimore, MD)

Born: 1764
Died: 1882 (age 98)

Feast Day: February 4
(Unofficial) Patron of: education for Black poor children


Some ways she's an amazing inspiration:

Foundress of Oblate Sisters of Providence, the FIRST African-American religious order. In a time where Black men and women were not permitted to enter into religious life in the US.⁠ 

She was the FIRST African-American Mother Superior.

SOG Mary Lange was

courageous
loving
deeply spiritual
strong
independent thinker
doer

Quick bio of sog mary lange

  • Born 1784 in Santiago de Cuba, in a French-speaking community. 
  • Immigrated to the US (specifically Baltimore, MD) in search of a better life.
  • Noticed a lack of education opportunities for children of Caribbean immigrants, 
    so she used her own money and home to educate children of color,
    despite being a Black woman in a slave state long before the Emancipation Proclamation.
    She operated the school for over 10 years.
  • Later became foundress of Oblate Sisters of Providence,
    the FIRST African-American religious order,

    in a time when Black men and women were not permitted to enter into religious life in the US.
  • She was the FIRST African-American Mother Superior.
  • Over the course of her life, she lead the charge in offering
    education to unserved children of color,
    an orphanage,
    a widow’s home,
    spiritual direction,
    religious education classes,
    vocational training,
    classes to teach Black adults how to read and write,
    education for freed slaves,
    shelter for the elderly,
    and care for the terminally ill during the cholera epidemic of 1832.
  • Experienced lots of hardships despite all of her successes.
    Later in life, felt abandonment at dwindling number of pupils and when many of her closest companions left the order.
    Lived through intense disappointment and opposition until her death at age 98 in 1882.

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Advocate for SOG Mary Lange's sainthood by:

Sharing her story with a friend

Praying to her


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