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It is still time to remember…Mere Marie Micheau

Date: November 15, 2021Posted by: Marionette Martinez

The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres was founded in 1696 by Fr. Louis Chauvet, parish priest of Levesville la Chenard, a small village in the Beauce region, sixty miles southeast of Paris, France. The poverty and misery of his parishioners made Fr. Chauvet invite some young women to help him uplift their human and spiritual condition. Marie Anne de Tilly, Marie Micheau, and Barbe Foucault, the first of many, responded to help give education and care of the sick. They were simply called the "School Sisters."
Every November 15, we commemorate the Death Anniversary of Mother Marie Micheau. She was the first Superior of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres.

Marie Micheau, a young girl at 17, was appointed superior of the community in Levesville. She taught the little girls of the village the prayers, catechism, manner of assisting at Mass, reading and writing. She put into it all the enthusiasm of her youth, her whole heart full of Christian fervor, the first fruits of her whole life's offering. She died at age 19.

Fr. Chauvet drew up the death record of Marie Micheau in a handwriting that was more calm..."On November 15, 1702, (Sister) Marie Micheau, died aged nineteen years after having lived with great piety in the Community of the Daughters of the School where she was superior. On the same day she was buried in the church by me, priest, the undersigned pastor..." (Catholic Register, Mayor's Office of Levesville) Source: History of the Origin of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres -According to the Notes of Fr. Louis Vielly David