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St Louise de Marillac

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In the course of his work in Paris, Vincent de Paul met Louise de Marillac and became her spiritual director. Her husband, a court attendant, had died after only twelve years of marriage.

At Pentecost, 1623, Louise received a revelation from the Holy Spirit which banished her doubts and made clear her future in consecrated life.

29th November 1633 Vincent co-founded the Daughters of Charity with Louise de Marillac, to help the sick and the poor. In time, Vincent asked Louise to visit the growing Confraternities of Charity, to supervise their leaders and to encourage their teamwork and ties with the local priests.

The collaboration of Vincent and Louise resulted in great gifts of innovations in ministry that continue to bless the world today.

St Catherine Labouré