Saint Mary Euphrasie Pelletier (July 31, 1796 in Noirmoutier-en-l’Île – April 24, 1868 in Angers), born Rose Virginie Pelletier, was a French Roman Catholic nun, best known as the foundress of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd.
Born on Noirmoutier a small island off the northwest coast of France, Rose Virginie’ parents had fled there thinking that they could escape the violence of the French Revolution. She was the 8th child of Dr Julian and Anne Pelletier. Her father died when she was ten years old. And her mother died when she was seventeen years old.
Before her mother died, she placed Rose Virginie to joined the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity in Tours, France, an order devoted to rescuing “fallen” women and those in danger of going on the game. Some of the girls were abandoned by their families or orphaned, some had turned to prostitution in order to survive. The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity provided shelter, food, vocational training and an opportunity for these girls and women to turn their lives around. She took the name Marie-Euphrasie, and made her religious profession on 9 September 1817.Read More »