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May 25 - “St. Madeleine Sophie Barat” © artwork by Julie Lonneman. Happy Feast Day St. Madeleine!


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On November 21, 1800, Madeleine Sophie and three others consecrated their lives to God in the Society of the Sacred Heart.  In this act, they committed themselves to a way of life that would be both contemplative and active, deeply rooted in prayer and devoted to the service of others in union with Jesus through the power of his Spirit.


In the aftermath of the French Revolution, Madeleine Sophie saw the education of women as the primary means by which the Society would enable others to come to know God’s love and be empowered to bring about social change within their particular areas of influence.  Gradually, she opened schools throughout France and Europe.  In 1818, Mother Barat sent Philippine Duchesne to North America.  From St. Charles, Missouri, the Society spread through the United States, Canada, the Antilles, Mexico and South America.


“If I had my life to live over again, I would seek to live in complete openness to the Holy Spirit.”

–Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat


Her feast day is May 25.