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Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas

Blessed Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas
Born 4 October 1843
Jerusalem, Ottoman Palestine
Died 25 March 1927
Ein Karem, Mandatory Palestine
Honored in
Catholic Church
Beatified 22 November 2009, Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth, by Angelo Amato

Blessed Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas (4 October 1843 — 25 March 1927) was a Palestinian Christian nun who founded the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of Jerusalem (the Rosary Sisters), the first Palestinian congregation. She was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009.


Born Soultaneh Maria Ghattas on 4 October 1843 to a Palestinian family in Jerusalem, she spent her whole life working among the poor of Palestine. When she was 14, Marie Alphonsine joined the Congregation of St. Joseph of the Apparition as a postulant. In 1862 after her vows, she was sent to teach catechism in Bethlehem. There she also established religious associations promoting devotion to Mary through the rosary.[1]

In Bethlehem, she claimed several apparitions of Mary directing her to found a Palestinian congregation known as the "Sisters of the Rosary". In 1880 seven young girls prepared by Fr. Joseph Tannous, priest of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, received the religious habit of the new foundation from the hands of Patriarch Bracco. Sister Alphonsine left the community of the Sisters of St. Joseph with the permission of Rome, and entered the new congregation. She received the habit from the hands of Bishop Pascal Appodia, Auxiliary and Patriarchal vicar, on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, 7 October 1883.[2] On 7 March 1885, together with eight other sisters, she professed her final vows in the new order in the presence of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Vincent Bracco.[1]

In 1886 she founded a school for girls in Beit Sahour. Then she was sent to Salt in Transjordan with three sisters, then in Nablus, before returning in Jerusalem because of her health. After having recovered, she went to the house of Zababdeh.[2]

She died in Ein Karem on the Feast of the Annunciation 25 March 1927.[2]


The rite of beatification was presided over by Archbishop Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and special envoy of Pope Benedict XVI,[1] at a Mass celebrated by Patriarch Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, on 22 November 2009 at the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth.[3]

The members of the order she founded run schools, catechetical programs, clinics and orphanages throughout the Middle East. [4]


  1. ^ a b c "Christians Celebrate Beatification of Palestinian Nun", The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, November 29, 2009
  2. ^ a b c "Beatification soon for Mother Marie-Alphonsine?", Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, July 6, 2009
  3. ^ "New energy for Mideast with Beatification of native". Zenit. 2009-11-25. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  4. ^ Chabin, Michele, "Caught in the Middle", Catholic Near East Welfare Association

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External links

  • Rosary Congregation (Arabic)
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