Religious of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd of Angers

A branch of the order of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge, founded by Saint John Eudes at Caen, France, 1641; the government of the order was centralized by Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, who established a mother-house at Angers in 1835 with the approval of the Holy See and under the title of the present Institute. The Good Shepherd is a cloistered order and follows the Rule of Saint Augustine. The constitution, borrowed in great part from those given by Saint Francis de Sales to the Visitation Nuns, are modified to suit the nature of the work, which is to provide shelter for girls and women of dissolute habits who wish to do penance and lead Christian lives; these are divided into the three distinct classes of "penitents," "Magdalens," and "preservates." To the three ordinary vows the sisters add a fourth, i.e., to work for the conversion and instruction of penitents. The order has convents, industrial homes and orphan asylums throughout the world. The mother-house is still at Angers, France.

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