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Louise was born in 1591. In 1613 she married Antoine Le Gras. He died 13 years later leaving her with a young son. After her husband’s death, she moved to Paris and became a nun. She became associated with St. Vincent de Paul, who was then Monsieur Vincent. He became her spiritual advisor. He had established orphanages, hospitals, and shelters for the elderly, but didn’t have enough staff to take care of all the establishments. Louise established the Daughters of Charity, Servants of the Sick Poor. She recruited hardy young women from the working class who were accustomed to long busy days. The nuns would leave their convent every day and go where they were needed. They became the Daughters of Charity. Louise died in 1660. Pius XI canonized her on March 11, 1934. Blessed Pope John XXIII named her patron of Social Workers in 1960.
FEAST DAY: March 15
PATRON OF: Social Workers