Ste. Chrétienne, Sisters of (SSCH)

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(Official Catholic Directory #3750); a congregation with papal approbation (1899) whose official title is Sisters of the Holy Childhood of Jesus and Mary of Ste. Chrétienne, and whose motherhouse is in Metz, France. The community was founded in 1807 by Anne Victoire de Méjanès, née Tailleur (d. 1837), under the direction of Bp. André Jauffret of Metz (d. 1823). The purpose of the congregation was the education of children and the care of the sick poor. When the sisters were forced into exile by the hostile French government in 1903, 15 of them came to the United States, where they founded a central house in Salem, Mass. The U.S. provincialate is in Waltham, Mass.

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