Marie-Thée Rèse de Soubiran (1834–1889)

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Marie-Thée Rèse de Soubiran (1834–1889)

Founder of the Society of Mary Auxiliatrix. Born May 16, 1834, at Castelnaudary(Aude), France; died June 7, 1889, in Paris, France; beatified by Pius XII in 1946.

At 14, took a vow of chastity, began to eat nothing but bread and water, and slept on a board; after spending some time in a convent in Ghent, established her own congregation, which eventually came to be known as the Society of Mary Auxiliatrix.

See also Women in World History.