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St. Placide Viel

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Feastday: March 4
Birth: 1815
Death: 1877

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Nun and mother general. Born in Normandy, France, she joined the Sisters of the Christian Schools in 1833 after meeting St. Marie Madeleine Postel, mother general of the congregation. In 1841 she was appointed assistant general of the sisters, a promotion which earned much resentment from other sisters. Nevertheless, after proving herself, she became mother general of the congregation in 1846 after Marie Madeleine's passing. With much effort, in 1859 she won final approval of the institute from Pope Pius IX. She was quite active in organizing relief during the Franco Prussian War.

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