June 2020 - St. Emily de Vialar

Photo: Tracy L. Christianson, portraitsofsaints.com Photo: Tracy L. Christianson, portraitsofsaints.com

St. Emily de Vialar

1797–1856

Feast: June 17

Emily was the only daughter of a French baron. At 15 she left school in Paris to become her widowed father’s companion in Gaillac. Despite his wishes, Emily would not marry, and for 15 years she tended neglected children and the poor. In 1832, when her maternal grandfather left her a fortune, she bought a large house in Gaillac, which became the first home of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition. In 1835, the order won approval and Emily and 17 other sisters professed vows. Their charisms were care of the needy and education. Emily oversaw the formation of 40 houses before dying from complications of
a hernia she’d gotten in her youth while doing a good deed.

- Catholic News Service

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Northwest Catholic - June 2020