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Many favours have been credited to praying to Our Mother of Perpetual Succour. In this section you will find just a few of them.

Grace Hanley cured during Novena in Boston - 1883

avemariaBorn in 1867 she was a health child until at the age of four she had an accident, which left her crippled and in pain.

For twelve years she struggled with pain and needed crutches and a steel corset to get around.

In August, 1883, as she was praying before the shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at the Redemptorist Church in Boston. The church rector recommended that a novena should be made entirely at the shrine for her.

For nine days she was carried before the Icon. As the novena proceeded she grew worse. On the last morning she made an ineffectual effort to stand unaided, and had to be carried to the shrine. The Redemptorist Father who said the Mass brought her Communion, and after receiving she was "seized with a darkening, dizzy sensation, as if sight and sense were leaving her," and she turned as if for assistance, but when her crutches were offered to her she said joyfully: "No, I shall not need them; I can walk," and got up and walked to the altar steps where she prayed for a long time.

In 1888 she became a nun at the Convent of Jesus and Mary at Quebec.

An "Incurable" Patient Tells Of Her Recovery. (1949, August 4). Catholic Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1942 - 1954), p. 7 Section: Magazine Section. Retrieved June 19, 2015, from


An "Incurable" Patient tells of Her Recovery 


This story was written by Sister M. Evangelina, a Sister of the Holy Cross in Aliwal North, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.   The events described   took place some years   - ago, but it is only recently that the Sister's narrative was received for   publication.   In England, Father Hayes, C.SS.R., added his corroborative testimony.


IMG 1509THANKS be to God and to the Mother of Perpetual Succour, by whose powerful help I have been cured from a most painful disease. 


For 11 years I had been suffering intensely from an incurable stomach trouble, intensified by other painful complications. I could never in all those years take any food save liquids, or chemical preparations. I was troubled with very frequent vomiting, often vomiting blood. I suffered most acute pain without ever obtaining any real relief.


Six years ago I accidentally contracted some kind of blood poisoning, in addition to the trouble I have described. The poison saturated my whole system, and broke out all over the body in painful wounds. The doctor pronounced it gangrene. 

CURED OF BLINDNESS. (1928, August 14). The Telegraph(Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), p. 6. Retrieved June 19, 2015, from




claphamchurchThe Rev. Father Hayes, the rector, announced from the pulpit of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Clapham, recently, that at the 7 o'clock mass last Sunday, 'the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, a woman had her sight restored during the elevation of the Host',' says the London "Morning Post."


She saw Father Hayes after Mass, and told him that her sight was restored, as she distinctly saw the Sacred Host during the elevation. A subsequent visit to a specialist, Father Hayes said, confirmed the woman's statement that the cure of blindness was complete. Father Hayes said that it was nothing short of a miracle, but that before being recorded as such it would have to be reported to the Church authorities and approved by them. His own personal opinion was that it was undoubtedly a miracle.

AMERICA. (1884, January 5). Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 - 1954), p. 17. Retrieved June 19, 2015, from




OMPSsmallA Boston (U.S.A.) paper says :— Another wonderful cure has been effected at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Boston Highlands, through the medium of prayer to the Blessed Virgin. Miss Lizzie Cronin, of No. 103 Bendington-street, East Boston, while enjoying a sleigh ride in the winter of 1880-81, had her spine injured by being thrown from the sleigh, and later on her injuries developed into an incurable case of inflammation of the spine.


On 21st February, 1882, she was admitted to the City Hospital, where she stayed for six months, being all the time confined to her bed, under the influence of morphine. She was discharged from the hospital on 29th July in the same year, without being in the least relieved, although the physicians had done all in their power to aid her; and all the time since she has been enduring terrible torture, and was perfectly helpless, her limbs being paralysed.

Fr. Francis Hall C.Ss.R


Fr. Francis Hall was a native of Liverpool who joined the Redemptorists in the 1850s.  He is believed to have attended a mission given by the Redemptorist Fr. Furniss C.Ss.R and to have been inspired by him.

The cure of Father Hall at the Redemptorist monastery at Bishop Eton, Liverpool was the first great favour of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour in England. He was at death’s door and had received all the Sacraments. His confreres began a novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Succour, after nine days he was still very ill. A second novena was started (perserverance being the fourth vow the Redemptorists take). During this second Novena Fr. Hall recovered.

He died at Dundalk in 1897 aged 61 where  he was fittingly laid to rest under the chapel to Our Mother of Perpetual Succour at Dundalk.

The Church at Bishop Eton became the first in the country to have a shrine to Our Lady under the title of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour.

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