Pamela Avellanosa wasn’t supposed to survive to tell her story, but survive she did – and that survival was a miracle. She related her story at two presentations at St. Pius X, Beaumont, Jan. 6 & 7.

More than 20 years ago, on Jan. 2, 1995, 14-year-old Avellanosa was in serious bicycle accident and the doctors declared her brain dead. The doctors told her family she wouldn’t survive and if she did, she would be a vegetable with no more intelligence than a 4-year-old. On Jan. 6, her grandmother began praying a novena of the sick to Blessed Arnold Janssen, S.V.D., to heal her granddaughter. Avellanosa woke up two weeks later on Jan. 15, the feast day of Blessed Arnold Janssen. Now, Avellanosa is studying for her master’s degree in pastoral council in Chicago.

After investigation, Avellanosa’s recovery was recognized as a miracle and led to the canonization of St. Arnold Janssen, S.V.D., the founder of the Divine Word Missionaries.

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