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Louise De Marillac

1591 - Birth of Louise, August 12.
1604 - Death of her father, Louis de Marillac.
1606 - Louise discouraged from entering cloister.
1613 - Marriage to Antoine le Gras, secretary to Marie de Medici, February 5.
1623 - Vision, Louise saw herself as vowed, living in community serving the poor.
1624 - Meeting with Vincent de Paul who becomes Louise's spiritual guide.
1625 - Death of Antoine le Gras on December 21.
1629 - Beginning of Site Visits to Confraternities of Charity founded by Vincent.
1633 - Foundation of Daughters of Charity, November 29.
1639 - Daughters assume management of hospital at Angers.
1640 - Daughters establish home for foundlings and institute forster care.
1641 - Daughters establish nursing ministry to wounded soldiers.
1645 - Daughters establish schools for orphans.
1646 - Act which formally established the Company of the Daughters of Charity.
1650 - Daughters serve victims of Civil War.
1652 - Daughters leave for Poland, September 5; first mission outside France.
1655 - Revision of Act, assuring perpetual direction of Company the Vincentians.
1660 - Death of Louise, March 15.
1920 - Louise declared "Blessed," May 9.
1934 - Louise declared "Saint" Louise de Marillac, March 11.
1960 - Louise declared "Patroness of all Christian Social Workers," February 2.

Food for Thought

Catholic universities will be particularly attentive to the poorest and to those who suffer economic, social, cultural or religious injustice. This responsibility begins within the academic community but it also finds application beyond it.

Pope John Paul II, Ex Corde Ecclesiae (40)