Mary Jane Wilson
|Virgin and religious|
|Born||3 October 1840|
|Died||18 October 1916 (aged 76)|
Câmara de Lobos, Madeira, Portugal
|Venerated in||Catholic Church|
|Attributes||Foundress of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Victories|
Mary Jane Wilson DamTE (3 October 1840 – 18 October 1916), or Sister Maria of Saint Francis, was an Englishwoman born in India who founded a Catholic religious order, the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Victories, and was declared Venerable by Pope Francis.
Wilson was born in Hurryhur, Mysore to English parents, and grew up in the Anglican faith. After the death of her parents she moved to England to the care of an aunt. She converted to Catholicism, and was baptised in France on 11 May 1873.
In 1881 she moved to Madeira island, in Portugal, to nurse an Englishwoman. She settled in Funchal and lived the rest of her life on Madeira. In 1884 she co-founded, with Amélia Amaro de Sá, the religious Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Victories (FNSV, in Portuguese: Congregação das Irmãs Franciscanas de Nossa Senhora das Vitórias). In 1907 she nursed patients throughout a smallpox epidemic, and was awarded the honour of "Tower and Sword" (Torre e Espada). The revolution of October 1910 forced her to leave Madeira, but she returned a year later. She died in Madeira, aged 76, on 18 October 1916. She was declared Venerable on 9 October 2013.
A small museum in Funchal is dedicated to her life and work, and there is a sculpture of her, by Luís Paixão, in the municipal gardens in Santa Cruz. A book on her life The invincible Victorian, the life of Mary Jane Wilson by Terry Dunphy was published in about 1950 by the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Victories.
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