The beautiful story of St. Joan Antida Thouret (also known as Jeanne Antide Thouret (in French), Giovanna Antida Thouret (in Italian))…
- Born on November 27, 1765 in France.
- At age 22, joined the Daughters of Charity.
- During the French Revolution, all religious congregations were banned and Jeanne Antide was forced to leave the Daughters of Charity. All of the Sisters were disbanded and sent back to their hometowns.
- Representatives from her diocese of Besançon, also in exile, made a request of her to continue on to France and take in young girls whom she should train in the same way she was trained. She accepted this request and in 1799 she opened a school, a dispensary, and a soup kitchen for the poor in Besancon. She had founded a new congregation.
- Jeanne Antide died in Naples in 1826.
- In 1934, Pope Pius XI declared her a Saint.
A Movement That Spread Around the World!
Today the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida work in 26 countries following their mandate to go wherever they are needed. These two videos will give you a sense of what they do, and how beloved they are to all the people they serve.
“God be praised that you are ready to do His Will in all things and everywhere and to go to live and die wherever He chooses to call you.” -St. Vincent de Paul (IV:437)