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Saint Julia Billiart - April 8

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
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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 …More