Alphonse Ratisbonne 1814-1884
From a famous Jewish family of bankers in Strasbourg France
January 20, 1842 entered the Church of Sant’Andrea delle frate in Rome.
The Virgin Mary appeared to Him at the side altar. The state of his soul and the truth of the Catholic Church was revealed to him and he had an immediate conversion.
Ordained a Jesuit priest in 1848
Left the Jesuits and moved to the Holy Land and founded the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion and ministered to pilgrims and others until his death May 6, 1884 buried in Ein Karem outside of Jerusalem.