St. Emily de Rodat
Birth: September 6, 1787
Death: September 19, 1852
Beatified: June 9, 1940 by Pope Pius XII
Canonized: April 23, 1950 by Pope Pius XII
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Born near Rodez, France, she became a nun at Maison St. Cyr when eighteen. In 1815 after much dissatisfaction, she decided that her vocation was in teaching poor children. With the approval of Abbe Marty, her spiritual adviser, and the aid of three young assistants, she began this work in her room at St. Cyr. This was the start of the Congregation of the Holy Family of Villefranche. It grew rapidly, establishing its own mother house and branches. In time, St Emily extended its activities to caring for unfortunate women, orphans and the aged. She saw thirty eight institutions established before she died. She was canonized in 1950. Feast date Sept. 19.
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