Mechtilde of the Blessed Sacrament

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Servant of God Mechtilde of the Blessed Sacrament (birth name Catherine de Bar, 31 December 1614 – 6 April 1698), was born at Saint-Dié, Lorraine in northeastern France.


Catherine de Bar was born 31 December 1614, the third child of Jean and Marguerite de Guillon de Bar. They belonged to the lower nobility.

Catherine joined the Annonciade, taking the name Sister Saint-John the Evangelist. In May 1635, Mother de Bar, and the nuns of the convent in Bruyères were forced to flee before the Swedish army. Some nuns exhausted by hardships fell ill with the plague. Catherine de Bar found shelter with the Benedictines in Rambervillers.

In 1654 she founded the Order of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament (fr) in Paris.[1]This was the first society formally organized for the Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Georges. "Saint-Dié." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 13. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. 1 Oct. 2015
  2. ^ McMahon, Joseph. "Perpetual Adoration." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. 10 October 2015]
  3. ^ Addis, William E., A Catholic Dictionary, Thomas Arnold 2004 ISBN 0-7661-9380-2 p. 656