Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

Saint Mary Euphrasia PelletierAlso known as

  • Euphrasia Pelletier
  • Marie of Saint Euphrasia
  • Mary Sainte-Euphrasie Pelletier
  • Rose Virginie Pelletier
  • Rose-Virginie Pelletier



Born during the French Revolution. Studied at Tours, France. Joined the Refuge of Our Lady of Charity at Tours on 20 October 1814, an order devoted to rescuing “fallenwomen and those in danger of going on the game. She took the name Marie-Euphrasie, and made her religious profession on 9 September 1817. Superioress on 26 May 1825.

Founder of The Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd (Good Shepherd Sisters) at Tours on 11 November 1825, and established their monastery at Angers, France on 31 July 1829; this congregation has the same mission, but is a contemplative order. She was recognized as Superior-General of the Congregation on 9 January 1831, and received approval from Pope Gregory XVI on 16 January 1835.

The Congregation has sisters working in Italy, Germany, Belgium, England, Algeria, the United States, Canada, Egypt, Ireland, Austria, India, Chile, Malta, the Netherlands, Australia, and Myanmar. By the end of her life, there were over 2,000 sisters established in 100+ houses on five continents; this rapid expansion led to her being known as a patron of travellers.








If you neglect your duty towards the dead, you will be neglected in your turn when you are no more. If you pray for them carelessly, you will be prayed for carelessly ; in a word, you will be treated as you have treated others. Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

Draw near to our Lord, thoroughly aware of you own nothingness, and you may hope all things from His Goodness and Mercy. Never forget that Jesus Christ is no less generous in the Blessed Sacrament than He was during His mortal life on earth. Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

It is human to fall, but angelic to rise again. Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

The Blessed Sacrament is the first and supreme object of our worship. We must preserve in the depths of our hearts a constant and uninterrupted, profound adoration of this precious pledge of Divine Love. Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

One person is of more value than the whole world. Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

If you always love one another, if you always uphold one another, you will be capable of working wonders! Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

The old stars burn out and die, look to new horizons and even beyond. Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier“. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 June 2020. Web. 20 April 2021. <>