Saint Claudine Thévenet

19th century portrait of Sainte Claudine Thévenet, artist unknown; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Mary of Saint Ignatius
  • Mary of Saint Ignatius Thevenet
  • Mother Saint Ignatius
  • Saint of Lyon



Raised in a pious family. Two of her brothers were murdered in the excesses of the French Revolution; they went to their deaths forgiving their killers and asking Claudine to do the same. Claudine worked with working class young women around Lyon, France. In 1816, with Father André Coindre, she formed a group that would become the Religious of Jesus and Mary (Sisters of Jesus-Marie) at Lyon in 1818, a teaching order dedicated to educating poor girls. Taking the name Mary of Saint Ignatius, she served as superior of the Sisters. The Order received papal approval from Pope Blessed Pius IX on 31 December 1847, and today runs boarding schools, colleges, and retreat houses in Europe, India and North America.






Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Claudine Thévenet“. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 July 2020. Web. 20 April 2021. <>