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Marie Perez wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have some questions about St. Anne, the mother of Mary:

  • When and where was she born?
  • When and where did she die?
  • What miracles are attributed to her?


  { I have some questions about St. Anne, the mother of Mary. }

Mike replied:

Hi, Marie —

Thanks for the question.

I'm answering this because it doesn't appear to be the type of question someone would get as a homework assignment, but I may be wrong.

There is not much we know about St. Anne, despite the fact that one of the most wondrous and glorious miracles happened in her womb: the Immaculate Conception. Though St. Anne, like
St. Joachim, were both born with original sin, Joachim and Anne conceived, in the natural manner of sexual intercourse, Mary (actually Miriam), Our Blessed Mother, free for original sin.

In the Constitution Ineffabilis Deus on December 8, 1854, Pius IX pronounced and defined that the Blessed Virgin Mary

"in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin."

Many confuse Mary's conception in the womb of her Mother St. Ann with Jesus' conception in the womb of our Blessed Mother. The Immaculate Conception happened in St. Anne's womb, not
Our Blessed Mother's.

This is why, I personally believe, the Church should have a more celebratory spirit when celebrating the Birth of Mary on September 8th; maybe make it a solemnity. In the same way the Ark of the Covenant had to be pure to hold the Ten Commandments, so Mary had to be pure to hold the incarnate God-Man, Jesus.

These were the only two links I found that may give you insight into her life, and that of Joachim.
If anyone else has any good recommended reading on St. Anne please e-mail me.

Hope this helps,


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