Blessed Julie Billiart
Virgin, foundress and first superior-general of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame of Namur; born Cuvilly, France, 1751; died Nalllur, Belgimn, 1816.
Her early life was marked by great piety, which increased after a paralytic stroke in 1773.
Aided by Françoise Blin de Bourdon, Viscountess of Gezaincourt, and Father Varin, Superior of the Fathers of the Faith, she founded the Institute of the Sisters of Notre Dame, at Amiens (1803), a society having for its primary object the salvation of poor children.
Cured of paralysis, 1 June 1804, she spent the rest of her life founding convents in France and Belgium, and removed the mother-house to Namur in 1809.
Relics at Namur.
Feast, 8 April.
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