Captain giving order to shoot the condemned; standing before open grave. from DePaul Image Archive

On February 1 we celebrate the Feast Day of two Daughters of Charity, the Martyrs of Angers.

On the eve of the French Revolution Sisters Anne-Marie Vaillot and Odile Baumgarten were among the thirty-five Daughters who performed the mainly simple, repetitive, and obscure tasks for the poor sick at the hospital of Saint-Jean. They were numbered among a long line of Daughters of Charity who served God in the sick of Angers.
– Fr. John W. Carven, C.M., “Martyrs for the Faith,” Vincentian Heritage Journal: Vol. 8: Iss. 2, Article 2.

Read the rest of their story in the presentation below.

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4 Comments on “February 1: Feast of the Martyrs of Angers”

  1. What a great story of heritage and courage. they died for the faith and need to be elevated from Blessed to Saints each. and all connected, especially to the Vincentiam charism, need to see the presentation and read it all.

  2. Sometimes, when we do not know details, the horrors of the French Revolution are lost to us. I truly appreciate all the details given in this presentation. Thanks to the writer and to the presenter of this information. I know I am richer for this knowledge.

    I have just one question: it says early in this slide show that the Sisters had to give up wearing the Habit. So, why are they shown wearing it at their execution?

  3. I’m not sure. Could be “artistic license” on the part of the painter, or maybe they refused to give up their habits?

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