Saint Emily de Rodat

Saint Emily de RodatAlso known as

  • Marie Guillemette Emilie de Rodat
  • Emilie de Rodat



Raised by her grandmother. Educated at Maison Sain-Cyr, Villefrance, France, and at age 18, she became a teacher there. Drawn to religious life, she joined three different orders, but was not comfortable with any of them. In 1815 she began tutoring poor children on her own time, and by 1816 had founded a free school with three assistants and 40 students. This formed the foundation of a teaching institute that has since become the Religious Congregation of the Holy Family of Villefranche. Within her life they had established 38 institutions, and were caring for women in unfortunate circumstances, orphans, prisoners, retirement homes for aged religious, and the elderly in general.






Additional Information


I was sixteen years of age when I learned to know Our Lord. This experience overwhelmed me and I wanted God and only God. Saint Emily de Rodat

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Emily de Rodat“. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 February 2020. Web. 16 October 2021. <>