Catherine Labouré was born on May 2, 1806 in a town in Bourgogne, France called Fain-les-Moutiers. She was the eighth of ten children born to Madeleine and Pierre Labouré, who owned a farm. The death of Madeleine at age 46 plunged the family into mourning. Catherine, in tears, climbed on a chair to reach the statue of the Blessed Virgin, and kissed it, saying: « Now you will be my mother ».
At age twenty-four, Catherine, after overcoming many obstacles, entered the Seminary (novitiate) at the Motherhouse of the Daughters of Charity, on rue du Bac in Paris. It was here in the Chapel that the Blessed Virgin appeared to her several months later, the first time on July 19, 1830, to tell her about a mission confided to her, the second time the following November 27, to show her the medal that Sister Catherine was asked to have made.
The following year, having completed her Seminary, Sister Catherine was sent to Reuilly, at that time a very poor neighbourhood in the southeast of Paris. She would serve the elderly there until the end of her life, keeping her secret to herself, while the medal miraculously spread throughout the world.
Catherine Labouré died in peace on December 31, 1876: « I am going to heaven… to see Our Lord, His Mother and Saint Vincent ».
In 1933, at the time of her beatification, the vault where she was buried at the chapel in Reuilly was opened. The body of Catherine was found to be intact and was transferred to the Chapel at rue du Bac and placed under the altar of Our Lady of the Globe.