The holy and glorious martyr St. Maria Skobtsova (also called Saint Mary of Paris) was a nun and martyr living in Paris during the Nazi occupation. She encouraged hospitality and love towards one’s neighbor, often in the most uncompromising ways. She considered this to be the foundation of the Christian gospel, which she embodied in her life. St. Maria is often compared to Dorothy Day (an American Roman Catholic who founded the Catholic Worker movement). Saint Mary was arrested by the Nazis for helping Jews and died as a martyr in the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp. She was glorified by the Church of Constantinople on January 16, 2004, along with her companions, Priest Dmitri Klepinin, her son George (Yuri) Skobtsov and Elie Fondaminsky. They are commemorated on July 20.More details about her life can be found at