Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011

October 6, 2011 by

The 401th anniversary of the birth of Father Jean-Pierre Medaille, founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph

The parish records of St.-Michel establish that Jean-Pierre Medaille was born on Oct. 6, 1610, to Phelippe d’Estévéril and Jean Médaille in the southwestern town of Carcassonne, France. He was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1637, and in 1643 he was missioned to the Jesuit College St. Flour. From 1646 to 1649, he traveled throughout southwestern France for the college and it was during that time that a few women began to seek his spiritual direction and he first envisioned “The Little Design” that would eventually be the foundation of a congregation for women religious. On Oct. 15, 1650, the bishop of LePuy, France, officially accepted the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, giving them canonical status.

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