Blessed Louise-Thérèse de Montaignac de Chauvance

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Related to the French nobility, Louise was the fifth of six children born to Raimondo Amato and Anna de Raffin; her father was a civil servant. Louise studied at the Faithful Companions of Jesus College, made her First Communion on 6 June 1833, and beginning in 1837 studied at the Paris des Oiseaux conducted by the Canonesses of Saint Augustine of the Congregation of Our Lady. In her teens she began reading Bible, the writings of Saint Teresa of Avila, and became known for her devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In her early 20’s she developed a bone disease that left in pain, occassionally bed-ridden, and late in life nearly crippled her. On 8 September 1843 she made a private vow of devotion to the Sacred Heart, and began her work to spread the devotion throughout France. In 1848 she founded a catechetical center, and orphange, and the Society of Tabernacles to encourage devotion to the Eucharist. In 1854 she founded the Opera Adoration of Reparation to encourage Eucharistic Adoration. In March 1874 she founded the Oblates of the Heart of Jesus with a mission to aid poor parishes, orphans and support for priestly vocations; she served as its superior from 17 May 1880, and Pope Leo XIII granted them papal approval on 4 October 1881. Secretary General of the Apostolate of Prayer in December 1875. Late in life she was bed-ridden due to her illness, but she continued working for the Oblates to the end.






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