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St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

Rose Viriginie Pelletier was 18 when she joined religious life and was given the name Sr. Mary Euphrasia.

    Rose Viriginie Pelletier was born on July 31, 1796 in Noirmoutier, France. She grew up in the turbulent aftermath of the French Revolution. At the age of 18 she joined religious life and was given the name Sr. Mary Euphrasia.

 

    From the Sisters of Charity of the Refuge started by St. John Eudes, she moved on and founded the Generalate which made possible the sending of the Sisters wherever they were needed. And so was born, in 1835, the international congregation of the Good Shepherd Sisters.

A woman endowed with exceptional gifts of nature and grace, Sr. Mary Euphrasia  practised all virtues to a heroic degree.

    A woman endowed with exceptional gifts of nature and grace, she practised all virtues to a heroic degree. With amazing zeal and courage she undertook great works that showed the compassion of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, for the abandoned, the underprivileged and the lost.
During her lifetime 110 foundations were opened all over the world.

    She died in Angers, France on April 24, 1868 leaving to her sisters her great example, her deep love for and loyalty to Our Mother Church, as well as her God-given vision and mission to go beyond horizons.

    She was declared a saint on May 2, 1940 by Pope Pius XII.

    The Good Shepherd Sisters continue Saint Mary Euphrasia’s work of compassion, affirming to everyone that each person is precious.