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Rev. O.A. Boyer, S.T.L
Fr. O.A. Boyer w/ Mr. & Mrs. Ferron

Rev. O.A. Boyer, S.T.L. was the Spiritual Director of Little Rose and following her death was instrumental in writing her wonderful biography entitled: SHE WEARS A CROWN OF THORNS. Information on how/where to obtain a copy of the book is available under the section: Books and Resources. Here is a short summary: BIOGRAPHY of “LITTLE ROSE” FERRON, The Stigmatized Ecstaic of Woonsocket, R.I. By: Fr. O. A. Boyer S.T.L. (RIP) Mary Rose Ferron, known as little Rose, was born on the 24th of May 1902, at St-Germain de Grantham, Que. Her parents came to Fall River, Mass., in 1905. Rose became ecstatic about that time and remained so until her death. The Phenomenon of Weight accompanied her ecstasies. During one of them on the 13th of April, 1929, in the presence of five witnesses, Rose asked Our Lord if her sufferings were to last very long and repeated the answer saying- Seven Years. She then counted on her fingers how old she would be and stopped at thirty-three. Rose was then 26 and she died at the age of 33. In 1925, Rose arrived in Woonsocket, R.I., when the trouble broke out between Bishop Hickey and the Sentinellists. At the end of 1926, the stigmata of the flagellation appeared; during Lent of 1927 those of the hands and feet; in November, 1927, the reception of Holy Communion without deglutition was noticed; in January 1928, the stigmata of the thorns made their appearance; during Lent of 1929, that of the heart; in the month of August 1929, her eyes shed tears of blood. From that time on, each Friday, she represented the Holy Face. Towards the end of 1929 the crown of thorns was fully developed. In 1930 during July, the month of the Precious Blood, the Phenomenon of the Holy Face was repeated every day. The 1st of August 1930, the stigmata disappeared, but the pains were felt with more intensity; still on the days she suffered the most, some of her former stigmata became purple and oozed a kind of serum. When she died, on the 11th of May, 1939, we still could see one of the branches of the crown and the thorn stigmata. For more explanation, read her life, "She Wears a Crown of Thorns". Ecstasy and stigmata are nothing but charisms and in themselves do not sanctify. What sanctified Little Rose was her virtuous life; she loved God so intensely that she communicated her Charity when she spoke. During life she suffered martyrdom, with patience and joy for the good of the Church; her soul was adorned with Christian virtues and she practiced them with the heroism of a true Victim. While she lived, people called on her and asked her prayers; many favors were thus obtained. Since her death, they still call on her and the favors continue to come; meanwhile those who invoke her are increasing in number and some are reporting wonderful cures. FOLLOWING THE READING OF THE BOOK: Special Directions for Making the Three Novenas in honor of Little Rose: 1st Novena: Ask the grace to understand adn appreciate the virtues of Little Rose and her special mission on this earth. 2nd Novena: Ask for the grace to know and realize what God wants of me--my own vocation and mission in life. 3rd Novena: Ask for the grace of reaching that degree of holiness which God has planned for me. Asking Favors of Little Rose: Do not be afraid to ask for big favors or miraculous cures. If you are really humble and are actively intent upon your own spiritual progress and sanctification with strong faith and confidence in Little Rose, you may expect that she will work wonders for you. On the other hand, if Little Rose blesses you with some special manifestation or favor, do not imagine for that reason that you are a saint. God helps all who have humble faith. But you can be sure of one thing, God wants you to become a saint and you will if you correspond faithfully to the graces, inspiration and helps which He is giving you now and wants to give you even more abundantly through Little Rose.    .

Life of Marie Rose Ferro (from Mystics of the Church)
" In Memory of "
Little Rose Ferro Apostolate in USA and Canada
Fr. Leonard Docments)

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