Blessed Placide Viel

Blessed Placide VielAlso known as

  • Eulalie Victoire Jacqueline Viel
  • Eulalie-Victoire Viel
  • Placida Viel



One of eight children of a farm family. Niece of Saint Marie Madeleine Postel. Joined the Sisters of the Christian Schools at age 18, taking the name Placide. She had little education, and studied for a while at Argentan, France. Worked in school administration, founded new convents, and served as novice mistress. Assistant-general of the Sisters at 26, an appointment that caused great resentment among her sisters. Mother-general of the order at age 31 on the death of her aunt. Directed the institute, orphanages, nursery and elementary schools for the next 30 years, opening 36 schools for the poor in Normandy. Obtained papal authority for the order in 1859 from Pope Pius IX. Worked herself to death organizing relief during the Franco-Prussian War in 1877.





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  • “Blessed Placide Viel“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 January 2019. Web. 3 August 2020. <>