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In the 17th century, in France, young girls and women were often the victims of sexual abuse, social oppression and gender discrimination. Fr. John Eudes was greatly touched by their sufferings and in 1641 he responded to this urgent need of his time by starting the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge to help young girls and women in distress.

Towards the end of the French Revolution in 1796, Rose Virginie Pelletier was born to the Pelletier family in Noirmoutier, France. At a tender age she had suffered the painful separation of her dear father, two of her brothers and her beloved mother from this world. As a young dynamic innovative and courageous girl she joined the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge on 29th May 1814 against her guardian’s will and







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