The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Eugenia de Smet

Blessed Eugenie Smet; swiped off the web site of Helpers of the Holy SoulsArticle

The Servant of God, Eugenia de Smet, justly bore during her religious life the name of Marie of Providence. The visible dispensation of Providence is the chief feature of her life. Encouraged by the Blessed Cure of Ars, Eugenie founded the Congregation of the Sisters, Helpers of the Poor Souk, who by prayer and works of charity endeavor to help the souls of the faithful departed. The rule does not impose any habit on the Sisters, so that they may be unhindered in the exercise of their vocation. In the mission of Kiangnan in China the Helpers of the Poor Souls have been particularly blessed in their labors. Many Chinese women have already become co-operators with them. In Europe also the blessing of God rests visibly on the new establishment. The holy life of the foundress came to its close on 7 February 1871.

MLA Citation

  • Father Constantine Kempf, SJ. “Eugenia de Smet”. The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century: Saintly Men and Women of Our Own Times, 1916. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 March 2018. Web. 1 December 2021. <>