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The congregation once again celebrates the hundredth birthday of one of its
members.

1- All the congregation - Date of publication 02-13-2005
The 21st January 2005, her real birth date, the community in the Mother House celebrate Sister Julienne Fauchard‚s hundredth birthday. Already knowing her own mind, Julienne, a young girl from Mayenne, enters community in September 1922, aged 17! In 1924, she makes her first vows and is sent to the state hospital in Le Mans where she cares for the sick until 1935. A school of nursing opens in this hospital. Sister Julienne prepares for and obtains her nursing diploma in 1929.

The 21st January 2005, her real birth date, the community in the Mother House celebrate Sister Julienne Fauchard‚s hundredth birthday. Already knowing her own mind, Julienne, a young girl from Mayenne, enters community in September 1922, aged 17! In 1924, she makes her first vows and is sent to the state hospital in Le Mans where she cares for the sick until 1935. A school of nursing opens in this hospital. Sister Julienne prepares for and obtains her nursing diploma in 1929.
Always available to God's call made known to her through her religious superiors, she accepts to serve God and others in the different establishments of the Congregation. For 17 years, she cares for the sick and treats the pupils at the boarding school in the Chapelle au Riboul, for the little every day cuts and bruises. She is also to be found caring for the elderly.
The time comes for her to retire but this does not mean Sister Julienne will remain inactive. Indeed, for 30 years she is part of the community in Paris, between les Halles and la Samaritaine. She loves this district where she is aware of all the difficulties and human sufferings. The rue St. Denis is not far away. Nor is the Forum des Halles, meeting place for many of the "down and outs". As she keeps her religious habit she is easily recognisable; she is known, loved and respected. She is afraid of nothing and nobody in the district. She makes real friends, especially with the Africans and is proud to be a citizen of the city of Paris.
She would still be in Paris if, in 2004, at the age of 99, she had not had to undergo a serious operation which results in her leaving for the Infirmary in the Mother House where she spends her convalescence. Slowly but surely she recovers. Then she begins to express the desire to return to Paris. But good sense prevails even though her heart aches: henceforth she is a member of the community of the older sisters in the Mother House in Evron.
Sister Julienne's memory and lucidity remain intact. From time to time she screws her eyes up, as she gets ready to make a joke which always takes one by surprise. She moves about with ease in the big house, some times with a stick which she tends to hold rather than lean upon.Reading keeps her occupied but she would love to have some manual work: ironing for example, that she always did so well in community.

During the thanksgiving Mass on the 21st January 2005, our hundred-year-old speaks with an extraordinary clear and determined voice giving thanks to God for all that she has received from her family, from the Congregation, from her numerous friends and relations, during her life as a nurse and especially all the graces given by the Lord. She renders unceasing homage to her family who taught her, she said, "the love of work well done, the practice of loyalty, respect for others and the custom of praying and of always giving pride of place to God."

At the end of the celebration a toast gives an opportunity for the sisters, also the kitchen staff and those from the Infirmary, to come and congratulate her and thank her for being what she is. During the meal we recall the memories recent and from times past, happy or more or less sad, which have lined her long and beautiful existence.
We hope Sister Julienne will live many more long and happy days among us.

Photo : Claude Bardoux

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