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Marillac, Louise de, Saint
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(Aug 12, 1592, near Paris – Mar 15, 1660, Paris). In 1633 Marillac and Vincent de Paul founded the Filles de la Charité in Paris, a community of women who took only simple vows and were therefore not required to be enclosed like women in monastic orders. This enabled them to be active in the care of the poor, the sick, orphans, and prisoners (they were later called Merciful Sisters [Merciful Brother and Sisters] or Vincentian Sisters). From 1613 to 1625, Marillac had been married to Antoine Le Gras and bore a son. As a widow, inspired by Francis of Sales and Vincent, she sought…

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Albrecht, Ruth, “Marillac, Louise de, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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