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The life of ...
... a humble, loving presence,

Sr. Maria Crescencia Perez

     Maria Angelica Perez was born on August 17, 1897 in San Martin, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The daughter of Agustin Perez and Ema Rodriguez, Maria Angelica grew up in the company of four brothers and two sisters in a modest but privileged environment surrounded by love, respect, and faith. She joined the Daughters of Our Lady of the Garden, in whose school she was educated. On September 21, 1916 she received the habit and was given the name of Sr. Maria Crescencia in honor of St. Crescencio, whose relic was placed on the main altar of the Provincial house chapel.

     She lived her consecration to God the best way she could. Her motto was "Do what God wants, want what God wants, and be where God wants." She liked St. Therese of the Little Child's spirituality and tried to live it in her assignments in a school in Buenos Aires and a hospital in Mar del Plata, both in Argentina. She contracted tuberculosis, which made her superiors decide to transfer her to Chile. She died there on May 20, 1932 at 32 years of age.

     The humility and simplicity learned from her parents helped her reflect the virtues of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, whom she loved. After her death, hundreds of people pray to God through her intercession and obtained the favors they asked for.

     Pane was a lab technician, she was in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Buenos Aires waiting for a liver transplant. The doctors informed her that she only had three days to live due to complications with both diabetes and hepatitis A. Hearing this devastating news, Pane and her family prayed to Sister Crescencia. After praying to Sr. Crescencia, Pane was cured. The tests ratified the miracle, and the Church acknowledged her sanctity. She will be declared Blessed on November 17, 2012.