photo of sr ignatia reading the big book of aa

On May 13, 2011 a group of recovering alcoholic women started the beatification cause for Sr. Ignatia Gavin, who is known as the “Angel of Alcoholics Anonymous.” According to the cause’s Facebook fan page, “As patients left St. Thomas Hospital [for alcoholics] in Akron, Ohio, USA, Sr. Ignatia would present them with a Sacred Heart of Jesus badge and ask for a promise. Before picking up another drink, they were to return the badge to Sr. Ignatia personally. The badge was a sacred pledge and symbol of the treasure of sobriety. Patients respected the trust Sr. Ignatia had in them and valued the gift as a commitment to stay sober.”

Here is a link to their facebook page.