Joan Antidea lived from 1765 to 1828. At the age of 22, St. Joan joined the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul in Paris but during the French Revolution she was in exile in Switzerland and Germany. Returning to France in 1797, she founded a new religious congregation: Sisters of Charity supported by Letizia Ramolino, Napoleon's mother.
Pope Pius VII approved her religious congregation in 1819 and gave canonical privileges to her convents.
Below is a photo from her canonization proclaimed by Pope Pius XI in 1934.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
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