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The First Woman Missionary
BL. ANNE MARIE JAVOUHEY, 1779-1851


FOUNDRESS OF THE CONGREGATION OF SISTERS ST. JOSEPH OF CLUNY

 


May God be glorified in all things and every where may His Holy will be done! This was the consuming desire of this dynamic woman.


The story of her life as we know it, and as it is reflected in 1041 of her letters is the story of her use of God's gifts, her correspondence with His grace. She used every ounce of effort her whole life through to carry out the mission that she felt was entrusted to her by God. Before she died at the age of seventy she was still trying, still making a fresh start. By then (1851) she had established convents all over the world - in Africa, S. America, India (1828), West Indies and Islands of the Indian Ocean, Pacific and Atlantic, where Houses of education, Leper settlements, Rehabilitation centres for emancipated slaves, hospitals and Mental Homes, refugee centres for the old and infirm were every where flourishing. A giant of a woman was Anne Marie! No wonder Napoleon called her a 'Great Man'!


Thus her wonderful story continues here through the Sisters and through us the Staff and pupils of St. Joseph's.


"God alone can replace everything, Let us always be united to Him, doing nothing without Him. May He be present in our thoughts."


"There is so much resourcefulness in children. They will be formed to good manners, to religion, to work, to all that is befitting to the present times so as to gain the world for God."


BL. ANNE MARIE