Part of our History: Little sister Magdeleine and Patriarch Athenagoras

Little sister Magdeleine and Patriarch Athenagoras 8th May 1966

Little Sister Magdeleine with Patriarch Athénagoras in his officeLittle Sister Magdeleine with Patriarch Athénagoras in his office

Strong links with the Phanar were built up over the years through a deep friendship between Little sister Magdeleine and Patriarch Athenagoras.


She writes in her diary: He received us with great affection, opening his arms to us and repeating,

'I love you. You are my daughters.'
Then he brought us into his office and asked many questions about our congregation. He then asked us to pray for him and for unity. With emotion he repeated,
'It is the same Church, the same Christ, the same Blessed Mother.' 'When I look at you I find my own face reflected in yours. We have the same desire for unity.'

With Patriarch AthénagorasWith Patriarch Athénagoras