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St. Francisca Salesia Aviat

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Feastday: January 11
Birth: 1844
Death: 1914
Beatified: 27 September 1992 by Pope John Paul II
Canonized: 25 November 2001 by Pope John Paul II

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Daughter of Theodore Aviat, a shopkeeper, and Emilie Caillot. Baptized 17 September 1844; Confirmed on 2 July 1856. Educated at the Visitation School in Troyes from age eleven to sixteen. With Father Louis Brisson, she founded the Sister Oblates of Saint Francis of Sales in Troyes, France, dedicated to helping young women who poured into the cities during the Industrial Revolution. She took the Salesian Rule for the congregation. She entered religious life on 11 April 1866, took the veil on 30 October 1868, taking the name Sister Frances de Sales, and made her final vows on 11 October 1871. Superior of the Institute in 1872. Opened homes and schools for working class girls. Exiled from France on 11 April 1904 due to religious persecution and anti-religious legislation. She rebuilt her congregation from Perugia, Italy, and the Order was approved by Pope Saint Pius X in 1911.

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