St Marie-Eugénie de Jésus Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date
St Marie-Eugénie de Jésus, French Roman Catholic professed religious and the foundress of the Religious of the Assumption. Profile
|Date of Birth||26 August 1817|
|Country of Birth||France of Europe|
|Matrimony/Holy Orders||Not Married who became Saints|
|Profession||French Roman Catholic professed religious and the foundress of the Religious of the Assumption.|
|Place of Work||France|
|Date of Death||10 March 1898|
|Place of Death||Auteuil, Hauts-de-Seine, France|
|Feast Day||March 10|
|Beatification||Beatified by Pope Paul VI on 9 February 1975|
|Canonization||Canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on 3 June 2007|
|Patron Saint of||Religious of the Assumption
St Marie-Eugénie de Jésus Biography
St Marie-Eugénie de Jésus was raised and educated in an intellectual family with no faith. But apparently, she went through some motions since she received her first communion on Christmas in 1829 at the age of 12.
St Marie-Eugénie de Jésus was born during the night of 25 August 1817 in Metz in a family with five children. This includes 3 boys and 2 girls, the parents being Milleret and Eleonore-Eugenie de Brou. Her baptism was commemorated on October 5. Her father was an attendant of Voltaire and a liberal which often put him into conflict with his diminishing faith. He made his fortune from politics and banking.
St Marie-Eugénie had a conversion experience, came to faith, and felt a call to religious life by hearing the Lenten teachings of the Dominican Henri Lacordaire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France. St Marie-Eugénie made a short novitiate with the Sisters of the Visitation at Cote Saint-Andre but did not take vows.
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St Marie-Eugénie Life History
Marie’s parents met in Luxembourg when her father was 19 and her mother 22. The two married later on. Her brother Charles who was born in 1813, died in 1822 and in 1823 her little sister called Elizabeth died. St Marie had two older brothers, Eugene who was born in 1802 and Louis who was born in 1815. A distant ancestor was the Italian condottieri Miglioreti who served Francis I.
Young Milleret de Brou grew up in a chateau in the suburb of Priesch north of Paris. Her father lost all his money and the family estate when she was 13. In 1830, her parents separated as a result of her father’s financial misfortunes, and she moved to Paris with her mother while her brother Louis moved with their father.
Milleret de Brou had a deep concern for the poor and tended to poor families; she often accompanied her mother visiting those poor families in need. Milleret de Brou’s mother died of cholera in 1832, after a short period of illness, and she spent the remainder of her teens between two sets of relations.
On one side she found her family worried with material pleasures while the other demonstrated a narrow spirit of piousness.
Separated from the brother who had been her main companion as a child, she wondered about life and how to live out the spirit of faith and justice that her mother had taught her.
St Marie-Eugénie Religious Life
She made a pilgrimage In 1825 to the shrine of Sainte-Anne d’Auray where she felt called to found a religious order dedicated to educating the poor. She took her First Communion On 25 December 1829, Christmas day, and it proved to be a life-changing experience for her.
During Lent in 1836 Milleret de Brou was invited to listen to a series of lectures at the Notre Dame Cathedral at 10:00 am which the then-Abbé Lacordaire, a famous preacher and social commentator, gave.
The preaching leads her to have a heartfelt conversion experience. She then became passionate about the messages from the Gospel and thus a dedicated servant to God.
Concerned She returned to her father and brother whom she had not seen since her parents separated in July 1837. She then states to them that she wanted to become a religious sister, and she was heartbroken that her father and brother Louis found this dream incomprehensible.
St Marie-Eugénie de Jésus Conversion
With the Abbé Théodore Combalot hearing her, the now-renewed girl went to confession. She was told by the priest that he was looking for someone to help him establish a religious order devoted to the Blessed Mother and the education of the poor.
He believed that she would fit to be a founder capable of seeing out his vision.This happens after she made a brief novitiate with the Sisters of the Visitation on 15 August 1838 before leaving.
Milleret de Brou established the Religious of the Assumption with four companions on 30 April 1839. In March 1841 she was made the Superior of the order and held the position until she resigned due to ill health in 1894.
She made her initial vows on 14 August 1841 and then made her perpetual profession on 25 December 1844.
Marie-Eugénie de Jésus set off for Rome in May 1866 and visited the tomb of Saint Peter before setting off to visit the catacombs and other Roman churches, and then participating in the Mass in the room where Saint Ignatius of Loyola died.
St Marie-Eugénie de Jésus Death
She had a private audience with Pope Pius IX on 31 May. Marie-Eugénie de Jésus went back to Rome where on 11 April 1888 Pope Leo XIII issued pontifical approval to her order and signed the decree in her presence.
Marie-Eugénie de Jésus came back to Rome and met Leo XIII again in 1893. She attempted to return to Rome in 1894 but had to stop in Genoa due to falling ill en route. Marie-Eugénie visited Madrid and San Sebastián in late 1894.
She went with her nurse Sister Marie Michel to Rome in March 1895 and made stops along the train to Montpellier and Nice as well as to Cannes and Genoa. she returned to France three months later.
On 10 March 1898 at 3:00 am Marie-Eugénie de Jésus died. She received the Viaticum on 9 March and received the Last Rites on February 13 when it seemed she would die despite her bouncing back from that scare.
Her order had 1300 followers from 44 different nationalities by 2007, operating in 34 countries on four continents.