Book of Saints – Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat

detail of a statue of Saint Sophie Barat; 1934 by Enrico Quatrini; Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Rome, Italy; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

May 25

Madeleine was born in France in 1779. In Paris, she met Father Joseph Varin, who wanted to found a congregation of women devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and dedicated to the education of girls.

On 21 November 1800, she and three other postulants began their religious life. The following year she was sent to Amiens to teach in a school. Although she was only twenty-three, Madeleine Sophie was appointed superior and held that office for sixty-three years as Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

Madeleine Sophie built one hundred and five houses in the principal countries of the world, including the United States. She admonished her Sisters to seek the glory of the Heart of Jesus in laboring for the saving of souls. Her motto was: “To suffer myself and not to make others suffer.”

She died at Paris on 25 May 1865. She was canonized 24 May 1925.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 January 2019. Web. 23 January 2019. <>