In Bechuanaland

Never had the humble Institute dreamed of the glory of spreading its branches beyond Brittany, nor, above all, beyond the sea. It existed quietly, unknown to the world and only able to practise its charity within a limited circle. However, since the first expulsions of religious, the fear of seeing themselves obliged, in their turn, to flee, had awakened apostolic desires in several Sisters. They were ready to go abroad(...) It was then that, providentially, they were introduced to the Oblates of Mary Immaculate through the Reverend…

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Instead of weakening the Congregation, the persecutions had only strengthened it. Early in   the 3rd century Church, Tertullien said, “the blood of martyrs is the seed of Christianity.”  It could also be said that the tears of the Sisters and their pupils were the source of vocations. Never had the Novitiate been so flourishing nor the Professions so numerous as around the year 1900.  It was then necessary to find appropriate outlets for the energies which sought only to be used for the greater glory of God.…

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Angélique and Le Clainche

Angélique’s charity knew no discrimination; it extended towards everybody, even towards her worst enemies. One day in Rochefort-en-Terre, as she was going along a certain street, she witnessed one of these everyday risings. This time it was directed against a National Agent named Le Clainche.[1] He was one of those petty tyrants, numerous at that time, who had adopted the new ideology and who relentlessly pursued the ‘non-juring’ priests and those who sheltered them. The mob had burst into his house and was ransacking it and throwing…

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Angélique and Monnier

Angélique was 22 years of age when the Revolution broke out. The risings which troubled Paris and the chief towns of France had little repercussion in the Breton villages. The rural districts were roused only after the promulgation of the Civil Constitution of Clergy, when the clergy who had remained faithful were persecuted and when juror priests were forced on the parishes. These juror priests were held in contempt and scoffingly called ‘les juroux’.[1] The parish priest of Saint-Jacut, M. Baron, was imprisoned at Port Louis and…

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