Catholic Encyclopedia – Mary of Jesus Deluil-Martiny

Blessed Marie Deluil-MartinyArticle

Foundress of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart, born in Mareilles, France, 28 May 1841; died there 27 February 1884. She was educated at the Visitation Convent in her native city and at the convent of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Lyons. For several years she remained at home and devoted herself to the spread of the devotion of the “Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.” In 1867 with the permission of her director she took a vow of perpetual chastity, and soon after set about the foundation of a congregation of women to be devoted to the reparation of the faults of the faithful and of priests. She put herself under obedience to the Archbishop of Malines, who, on 9 December 1872, approved the new institute to be known as the Congregation of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Sister Mary of Jesus built the first house of the Society at Berchem near Antwerp, and adjoining it erected the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. She then established her religious in Aix-en-Provence and at La Serviannce, Near Marseilles. Many houses were founded after her death, among them the mother-house in Rome. The constitutions were finally approved by the Holy See 2 February 1902. The foundress was assassinated by the gardener of La Servianne, as she walked in the grounds of her community. On the expulsion of the Congregation of France, her body was removed to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Berchem. She had ruled her institute with great prudence and charity and given an example of the highest virtue to the perfection of her life. The introduction of her cause of canonization was signed by Pope Benedict XV, 25 May 1921.

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  • “Mary of Jesus Deluil-Martiny”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1922. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 March 2018. Web. 25 November 2020. <>