St. Louise de Marillac

Early Life

St. Louise de Marillac was born at Ferrieres-en-Brie near Meaux, France, on August 12, 1591. Louise never knew her mom and Louis de Marillac,Lord of Ferrieres treated Louise as his natural daughter but not his legal heir. Louise’s father remarried and the wife wanted nothing to do with her, thus sending her away to her uncle. Louise grew up in an affluent family because her uncle Michel de Marillac was an important figure in Queen Marie de' Medici and even though Louise wasn't apart of the court, she worked among them so, she grew up in the affluent society of Paris. Although, Louise received good education, she never had a stable home life.

Spiritual Journey

At the age of 15, Louise aspired to be a nun, she applied into the Capuchin nuns of Paris but was denied due to her poor health. Louise was devastated because of the refusal so her family convinced her that marrying was the best option, she married Antoine Le gras. The couple had a child.

Louise met Vincent paul at Antoine’s passing. Vincent Paul founded a charity called “Daughters of Charity of St Vincent Paul” Louise helped in this charity, continuing her spiritual journey. The organization was very successful, that even spread to the rural areas of Paris where people didn't care for the poor. Louise helped the sick, the disabled and young girls around the country. Louise led the Company of Daughters until she died at the age of 68 due to poor health.

Louise de Marillac was beatified by Pope Benedict XV in 1920 and, on March 11, 1934, she was canonized as a saint by Pope Pius XI. Louise’s feast day is march 15