The first Sisters answer the call…

1680:
Two friends, Anne Legeay and Marie Marchangy, young girls from Saint-Saulge, answered Jean-Baptiste Delaveyne’s invitation.  He offered them a new kind of religious life, living among the villagers. Here, among the poor, they met Christ.  Jean-Baptiste invited them to an intense life of prayer.  It was at this time that the apostolic religious life began.

1688:
Marcelline Pauper joined the small community.  She became one of the great mystics of the 17th century.  With other Sisters, she was involved in the foundation of several communities … twenty between 1680 and 1704 … first in the Nievre area in Nevers, Decize, Saint Pierre le Moutier, then beyond the Nivernais province in Ile de France, Auvergne, Ardeche and Saint-Etienne.  In the beginning  communities consisted of 3 or 4 Sisters – an apothecary (chemist), two nurses and a teacher.

After the French Revolution the Congregation spread rapidly