The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Venerable Andrew Hubert Fournet

Saint Andre Hubert FournetThe Venerable Andrew Hubert Fournet was likewise distinguished by his great charity. He first studied law, but afterward became a priest. The French Revolution offered him an occasion of proving his strong faith. Refusing the oath of the Constitution he was obliged to flee into Spain. Later he returned secretly to his parish of Maille near Montmorillon and, although a price had been put upon his head, courageously attended to his priestly duties. Assisted by the Venerable Elizabeth Bichier des Ages, he founded in 1806 a society of women, the Sisters of the Cross of Saint Andrew, for the care of the sick and the instruction of children. God’s blessing rested visibly upon the foundation, which numbered nearly twenty-five hundred Sisters in 1880. The founder died on 13 May 1834, while vicar-general of Poitiers. The process of his beatification was begun in 1877.

– this text is taken from The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century: Saintly Men and Women of Our Own Times, by Father Constantine Kempf, SJ; translated from the German by Father Francis Breymann, SJ; Impimatur by + Cardinal John Farley, Archbishop of New York, 25 September 1916