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St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier 1796-1868

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St. Mary Euphrasia was born in Noirmoutier, France on 31 July 1796. She was named Rose Virginie Pelletier. At the young age of 18, she joined the Order of Our Lady of Charity. She worked zealously with girls and women in need of love and guidance.

 

Moved by their loneliness and feelings of rejection, she was filled with a burning desire to reach out to girls and women all over the world. To do this, she founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in 1835. She founded 110 Convents and missioned Good Shepherd Sisters to all five continents.

 


One of the Good Shepherd Sisters, Mother Ligouri Burke, came to Singapore in 1939 where she started Marymount Convent. To St. Mary Euphrasia, one person was more precious than the whole world.

 

She often told her sisters,

 

"Do all for love. Do as I did. I was not possessed of great talents. 

I...only...loved...But I loved with all the strength of my soul...
Nothing is impossible to one who loves."

 

She died on 24 April 1868. She was canonised on 2 May 1940.