St. Emilie De Vialar
St. Emile was born in France on 12 September 1797. When barely 15 her mother, Antoinette, died, leaving her mistress of the house, whereupon she devoted herself to the care of children and the poor against the wild protests of her father Augustine.
In 1832, when she inherited a fortune on the death of her maternal grandfather, Emilie, along with Abbe Mercier, her spiritual director, bought a huge house at Galliac. There with the sanction of the Archbishop of Albi she founded a new religious order, the congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition.
The needy, the sick, the uneducated children, all claimed the attention of the new congregation and despite the usual criticism and opposition, it grew from strength to strength. New houses sprang up at Algiers, Bone Constantine, Tunis, Malta, the Balkans and the Near East, even in Burma and Australia, owing to the shrewdness and tenacity of Mother Emilie, the foundress. Sharp and well-balance in her approach, she possessed a remarkable firmness of will, demonstrating a keen sense of purpose. Indeed, it has rightly been claimed that, through the Congregation which she founded, St. Emilie "has done more in the past 100 years for civilization in Africa, Asia and Australia than conquerors and colonizers could ever do!"
Emilie de Vialar died on 24 August 1856. Beatified on 18 June 1939 she was canonized on 24 June 1951
Reflection :"No sacrifice can be more acceptable to God than to labour with genuine zeal for the saving of souls" (St. Gregory).