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Born in 1751 in France, she exuded exceptional traits of intelligence and devotion early in her life.  She took a vow of chastity at the age of 14.  She worked to support her family who had lost everything.  When she witnessed the attempted assassination of her father in 1773, the shock left her partially paralyzed.  She fought strenuously against the Reign of Terror from the Jacobins during the French Revolution.  She founded the Institute of the Sisters of Notre Dame when calm was restored.  Frances Blin, Vicountess of Gezaincourt and Fr. Joseph Varin of the “Fathers of the Faith” assisted her in this quest.  At the end of 22  years, at the end of a mission given by Father Enfantin of the Fathers of Faith, she was suddenly cured of paralysis. The purpose was to teach the children of the poor and their salvation.  She had to struggle to preserve the distinctively modern character of her Institute.  The Institute has spread throughout the world.  She died April 8, 1816.

FEAST DAY:  April 8

PATRON OF:  Against poverty

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