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BLESSED TERESA OF ST. AUGUSTINE AND HER COMPANIONS
Also known as the Compiègne Martyrs. Feast Day July 17 Beatified May 13th 1906.
On July 17th 1794 during the French Revolution, these sixteen nuns died at the guillotine after having offered their lives for the Church and for France. At that time the revolutionary government had forbidden religious to live in community. Blessed Teresa of St. Augustine was their Prioress and it was she who suggested to the nuns that they might offer their lives for the Church and their country.
Blessed Teresa was born in the parish of St. Sulpice in Paris and baptised in that church. Her full name was Marie-Madeleine-Claudine Lidoine. Her mother was 41 when she was born and she was the only child of her parents. Madeleine’s father was employed by the Paris Observatory and her parents gave her a good education which developed her artistic and poetic gifts, but having spent their money on her education they did not have the means to provide her with a dowry when she wanted to enter Carmel. The royal princess, Madame Louise, who had entered the Carmel of St. Denis and taken the name Sr. Teresa of St. Augustine, heard of Madeleine’s situation and asked to meet her. Convinced of her vocation she asked her nephew’s wife, the young Dauphine Marie Antoinette, to provide a dowry which she did willingly. Madeleine was able to enter the Carmel of Compiègne where she took the name of her patroness, Sr. Teresa of St. Augustine.
Congratulations to Sr. Cora Marie who made her Solemn Profession at Loughrea Carmel on October 1, Feast of St. Therese. We wish her every blessing in the years ahead.
Congratulations to Sr. Eleanor of New Ross Carmel, who made her First Profession on August 15 We wish her well on her Carmelite journey