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St. Louise de Marillac

March 15
French. 1591-1660

Though she considered a religious vocation from an early age, her ill health kept any house from taking her. She married Antony LeGras, an official to the queen, in 1611. Widowed in 1625. Spiritual student of St. Vincent de Paul. With St. Vincent, she founded the Daughters of Charity in 1642, receiving Vatican approval in 1655. Served as the superior of the Daughters of Charity until her death.

O God, You inspired Saint Louise to strive for perfect charity, and so attain Your Kingdom at the end of her pilgrimage on earth. Strengthen us through her intercession that we may advance rejoicing in the way of love and service to our brothers and sisters. Amen.

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