Chapel of the Miraculous Medal in Paris Gave Me the Chills


Chapel of the Miraculous Medal

A close family friend and avid Weekend In Paris reader, Doris Marr, sent me word from her sister Christine Whoriskey that I should definitely go to the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal while in Paris. Both know from reading my posts that I love to stop in churches along the way not only in Paris, but all over the world. So much about a country can be learned by peeking into the sacred spaces. They tell a tale of history through its architecture, art, music and stained glass windows. Since I was staying nearby at the Hotel Montalembert in the 7th and had an errand to run at the Le Bon Marché I thought it would be the perfect time to check it out.


Karen having her medal blessed by one of the sisters in the courtyard.

Here is the advice Christine gave me before the trip, ” It’s a beautiful place to go – you enter a courtyard and feel like you’ve stepped back in time. It’s the spot where Our Lady appeared to Catherine Laboure and asked her to strike the Miraculous Medal. It is said that more miracles have occurred through devotion to the Blessed Mother while praying with this medal than have occurred at Lourdes! Mass is said each day at noon . . . It was awe-inspiring being at Mass in that lovely chapel! There’s a little shop that has some lovely things. That’s where we got the medals and then the Sisters who are in the courtyard will bless them. It’s closed from 1:00-2:30 every day.”


Above in the courtyard this beautiful symbol of what the mission of the sisters here is all about – I have been established your guardian. You have the protection of God always here!

What Christine did not tell me was that the chapel inside is a happy little place that would be packed to the gills at mass time. We four friends arrived in time for mass and the two Catholics in the group – me and Christine Underwood, received Communion in what can only be described as an oasis in the heart of the shopping frenzy that takes place across the street at the Bon Marché. Calm and tranquil, colorful and yet modest are words that come to mind when I think about this little chapel. From the street you would have no way of knowing what you are missing when you walk past. I have literally walked past this entrance dozens of times without noticing. Thank God Christine Whoriskey wrote to me! Divine inspiration indeed!


Christine Underwood having her medal blessed in the simple courtyard.

After mass, we all went into the little gift shop where the proceeds go to helping the poor. We each purchased medals (incredibly inexpensive but there is an option to donate more to the poor when purchasing so we did) and wandered out into the courtyard where we were greeted by sisters in habits who blessed each of us in turn. I was first and began to cry when mine was blessed. I have no idea why. My head tingled and then the tears came. Christine Underwood was still inside making her purchase while Elizabeth and Karen were with me getting their medals blessed. We made ourselves busy reading the history of the chapel while we waited for Christine to come out where I took a photo of her medal being blessed from very far away and when we finally hooked up with her she came to us with fresh tears in her eyes and said that she felt something when the nun blessed her and when I told her I had also had a similar experience we were all awestruck.

Each one of us has a special plan for their medal. I would share with you mine, but I have not given the recipient theirs and I hate to ruin the surprise. If you remember to ask me later by sending me a note via the comments here, I will post what happened to the precious medal that was blessed with the Holy Spirit. You can bet this once anonymous place to me is now a “must visit” any time I am in the 7th. Thank you, thank you, thank you Christine Whoriskey for the recommendation. Keep ’em coming!

Chapel of the Miraculous Medal

140 rue du Bac

Paris 75007


    Posted at 16:07h, 17 April Reply

    I wish to share an observation I made years ago while reciting the rosary during a First Friday evening devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. For some reason I was prompted to count the number of letters in the Miraculous Medal Prayer. At first I used the digits on my hands and came up with two different answers. Something told me to use the Rosary beads instead. The result was that there are 54 letters–the same as the number of beads in the main body of the Rosary, fifty Hail Marys and four Our Fathers. A few years ago at Easter, I was thinking about the apparition and realized that the Blessed Virgin was most likely speaking to Saint Catherine in French. I looked up the inscription in French, and it also contains 54 letters. Since then, when I finish each decade, I recite the Miraculous Medal Prayer along with the others.
    54 letters in the Miraculous Medal Prayer in both languages. Exactly the number of beads in the main body of the Rosary–4 Our Fathers and 50 Hail Marys.
    I sent this to the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal and received this reply.
    Thank you Laddie. Quite an interesting observation, especially in light of another fact. The year 1954 was observed as a Marian Year in honor of Our Blessed Mother.
    Laddie V. Kosmal

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 10:35h, 18 April Reply

      This is amazing! The power of prayer and what divine connections.
      Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Liliam Patty Revheim
    Posted at 18:16h, 03 December Reply

    Hope to visit, Tks for posting about it. If you like churches in the hidden places; I am going to visit Saint Benedict, in Palermo, at Convento Maria de Giesu, at the Old Cemetery, where upon removal of the body, after 300 years buried, it was discovered his incorrupt being; they brought him out and placed in a church inside the convent, 100 years have passed since the dug out of Saint Benedict. He was miraculous in life, and I have received a miracle myself, recovering my sight.You can also see a divine formation in the walls of his little room.

  • Christine Whoriskey
    Posted at 08:31h, 20 March Reply

    Hi Priscilla! It always makes me smile when I open up my e-mail and see a new post on Weekend in Paris! When I saw that your most recent post was about The Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, I couldn’t wait to read what you had to say . . . and you described your experience beautifully!!! The tears that you and your friend Christine had when Sister blessed you and the medals you held were from The Holy Spirit! My husband John and I felt the same way when Sister blessed us and our medals! You have since spread much Good News to so many through “Weekend”!!! This lovely chapel sits on the actual spot where Our Blessed Mother appeared to Catherine Laboure, a young novitiate in the Daughters of Charity. Our Lady asked Catherine to have a special medal made. When a cholera epidemic broke out in Paris in 1832, the Sisters handed out medals and many people were unexpectedly cured of the disease and many turned to God. That is how the medal came to be called the “Miraculous Medal”.
    Thank you Priscilla for all the wonderful information you share with us through Weekend in Paris . . . it’s always so interesting and fun to read!!!
    Love, Christine

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 06:50h, 21 March Reply

      Hi Christine,
      I am the one who should be thanking you! You gave me a gift making the suggestion that I visit which allowed me to experience something like no other. The last time I felt that feeling was with my mom, standing outside the tunnel from the airport at Logan where we saw JPII on his first visit to America. Again the Holy Spirit visited me in a personal way. Cool!
      I am loving all the “Good” advice, “Good” wishes and “Good” publicity as you all help me reach more Paris/French fans.
      Thank you for taking the time to write in and I look forward to more “Good” tips!!!

      Posted at 23:59h, 24 October Reply

      Christine. Did you notice that your post was timed at 08:31h. If you rearrange the numbers, you get 1830. The year of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal apparition.

  • Honey McLaughlin
    Posted at 21:29h, 19 March Reply

    Dear Priscilla, Ever since I was first introduced to Weekend in Paris, I have been following it with great anticipation, planning for our trip to Paris in May. You can imagine my surprise and delight when my sisters Doris and Christine were highlighted!! You have written about so many amazing sights, places to go and things to do. I am reading David McCullagh’s book The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris and along with your site I am so excited to be going. I will try to sift through all of your recommendations to maximize our stay. (not long enough) At the top of my list is visiting the Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. I have a Miraculous medal, given to me by Christine, which she had blessed at the shrine, and it is my constant companion. “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.” Thanks Priscilla, keep the entries coming. Love, Honey

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 21:39h, 19 March Reply

      Dear Honey,
      You are so sweet to write in! I have been overwhelmed with the love and support for the blog from the “Good” sisters!
      I can’t wait for you to be in Paris and see and do all these fun things! What is on your list?
      Please feel free to email or call me with ANY questions!!!! I would be thrilled to help you further.
      My love to all the McLaughlin’s – it’s been too long since a happy occasion to see you all.

  • The Catholic Travel (@TheCatholicTrav)
    Posted at 15:30h, 19 March Reply

    This is one of the favorites spots in Paris for pilgrims. Easy to miss if you don’t know where it is. Also, two incorrupt bodies on display. Here is a bit more

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 15:41h, 19 March Reply

      Thank you so much for sharing more information! I appreciate it!
      Sacre Coeur was my favorite spot until I discovered this chapel.
      I hope to make it to Rome in 2014 and I hope you can guide me to special churches there too.
      God bless,

  • Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista
    Posted at 13:07h, 19 March Reply

    What an amazing find! I too love visiting churches and will have to remember this beautiful chapel.

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 15:44h, 19 March Reply

      Hi Debbie!
      As always, so nice to hear from you!
      This place is worth going out of your way to visit, especially if you or someone you know needs the prayers or a miracle.

  • Doris Marr
    Posted at 07:22h, 19 March Reply

    My eyes filled up when reading this aloud to my sister, Rita Good — a very special way to start our day. Love and Peace, Doris

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 15:39h, 19 March Reply

      I am so lucky to have you and your sisters as followers! I think you all should be my next Gal Pals! How much fun I would have with you girls?!
      May God bless all the “Good” girls!

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