World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Little Sisters of the Assumption

Article Id: WHEBN0006998675
Reproduction Date:

Title: Little Sisters of the Assumption  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Assumptionists, Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton, New Zealand, Roman Catholic Diocese of Dunedin, Roman Catholic Diocese of Palmerston North, Roman Catholicism in New Zealand
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Little Sisters of the Assumption

The Little Sisters of the Assumption is a Roman Catholic religious institute founded in France in 1865 by Antoinette Fage (Marie of Jesus) (1824–1883) and Father Etienne Pernet.

The declared work of the congregation is the nursing of the sick poor in their own homes. This labour they perform gratuitously and without distinction of creed.

History

The congregation was founded in Paris in 1865, by the Rev. Etienne Pernet, and Marie Antoinette Fage. Both had long been engaged in charitable work, Father Pernet while a professor in the College of the Assumption at Nîmes, and Mlle. Fage as a member of the Association of Our Lady of Good Council in Paris. They met in Paris and Father Pernet placed her in charge of the work of nursing the sick poor which he had inaugurated. Out of this movement the sisterhood grew, Mother Marie de Jesus being the first superior. The nursing of the sick poor was not the only or even the chief purpose of the Little Sisters.

They endeavoured to bring about conversions, to regularize illicit unions, to have children baptized, sent to school, and prepared for first Communion and Confirmation. They formed societies among their clients and enlisted the aid of laymen and laywomen of education and means to further the work of regeneration. The congregation had established houses in Italy, Spain, Belgium, England, Ireland, and the United States of America. The papal Brief approving the congregation was issued in 1897. By 1912, the sisters took simple vows and were governed by a mother-general, who resided in Paris.

Cities where the order ministers

Controversies

Closure of Seven Oaks Playschool

The Little Sisters announced in 2012 that they were closing a long running playschool in Ballyfermot, Dublin. The reason given was that they were in financial need even though the building was built free of charge, they have a substantial property portfolio in Dublin and that they received a large sum of money for the apartments that surrounded the premises. Despite initially offering the building to a

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.