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Saint Julia Billiart - April 8

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n as Julia of Billiart Also known as Julia of Billiart Julie Billart Mary Rose Julia Billiart Memorial 8 April Profile Sixth of seven children of peasant farmers Jean-François Billiart and Marie-…More
n as
Julia of Billiart
Also known as
Julia of Billiart
Julie Billart
Mary Rose Julia Billiart
Memorial

8 April
Profile

Sixth of seven children of peasant farmers Jean-François Billiart and Marie-Louise-Antoinette Debraine. She was poorly educated, but knew her catechism by heart at age 7, and used to explain it to other children. At age 14 she took a private vow of chastity, and gave her life to serving and teaching the poor. At age 22, she was sitting next to her father when some one shot at him; the shock left her partially crippled for 22 years. During the French Revoluation, a group of her friends helped organize the work she’d started. Julia was miraculously healed of her paralysis on 1 June 1804, and resumed her work. Her organization became the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame (Institute of Notre Dame; Sisters of Notre Dame), dedicated to the Christian education of girls, formally established in Amiens, France, the first vows being made by Saint Julia and two others on 15 October 1804. By the time of her death the Institute had 15 convents.

Born

12 July 1751 at Cuvilly, diocese of Beauvais, department of Oise, Picardy, France as Mary Rose Julia Billiart
Died

8 April 1816 at the Institute’s motherhouse at Namur, Belgium of natural causes
died while praying
Venerated

6 January 1903
Beatified

13 May 1906 by Pope Pius X
Canonized

22 June 1969 by Pope Paul VI
Patronage

against poverty
bodily ills
impoverishment
poverty
sick people
sickness