Antoinette Fage

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Antoinette Fage
Born(1824-11-07)7 November 1824
Died18 September 1883(1883-09-18) (aged 58)
Known forOur Lady of Good Counsel

Venerable Antoinette Fage (7 November 1824 – 18 September 1883) was a French Catholic nun. With Father Etienne Pernet, she founded the Little Sisters of the Assumption. She took the name Marie of Jesus.[1][2]


The daughter of Jean Fage, a soldier, she was born in Paris. Her mother, a seamstress,[1] was deserted by her husband. She was slightly handicapped at a young age after suffering a fall which was not properly treated and damaged her spine.[3] She was orphaned at the age of thirteen and cared for by neighbours. She later worked at a sewing workshop to support herself. Fage joined an organization called Our Lady of Good Counsel in 1853. In 1861, she became director of an orphanage for girls. She met Etienne Pernet in 1864.[1] Pernet told her of his plan to form a new religious order. In 1865, she formed the first community of the new order.[2]

The congregation was officially approved by the Pope in 1897. By that time, the order had communities in England, Ireland and the United States.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Antoinette Fage (Marie of Jésus) : her first years of life". Little Sisters of the Assumption.
  2. ^ a b "1864 : the decisive encounter". Little Sisters of the Assumption.
  3. ^ Harris, Ruth (2008). Lourdes: Body And Spirit in the Secular Age. pp. 254–55. ISBN 014188990X.
  4. ^ "Étienne Pernet (1824-1899) et Antoinette Fage (1824-1883)" (in French). Conférence des évêques de France.