St Rose Duchesne


From age eight she had a desire to evangelize in the Americas, sparked by hearing a Jesuit missionary speak of his work there.

She joined a convent of Visitation Nuns in 1788 at age 19 without the permission or knowledge of her family.

Religious communities were outlawed during the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution, and St Rose’s convent was closed in 1792.

She spent the next ten years living as a laywoman again, but still managed to act like a good member of her Order. She established a school for poor children, provided care for the sick, and hid priests from Revolutionaries.

When the Terror ended, she reclaimed her convent and tried to reestablish it with a group of sisters she had maintained in Grenoble.


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