Eugénie Smet

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Blessed Eugenia Smet
Foundress
Born 25 March 1825
Lille, France
Died 7 February 1871
Paris, France
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church
Beatified 26 May 1957, Rome, Italy by Pope Pius XII
Feast February 7

Blessed Eugénie Smet A.P. (Lille, 25 March 1825 - 7 February 1871), also known as sœur Marie de la Providence, was a French nun who founded the Society of the Helpers of the Holy Souls in 1856. Her feast day is 7 February.

The Society of the Helpers of the Holy Souls was founded by Blessed Eugenia Smet, A.P. She was educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Lille. She went to Paris on 19 January 1856 (the society dates its foundation from this day); three days later, Smet obtained the permission of the local archbishop to establish her congregation in Paris. On 27 December 1857, as founder, with five of her first companions, pronounced her first religious vows. A Jesuit was appointed chaplain, and composed the rule of the congregation.[1]

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