Euphrasie Barbier

 

  • Euphrasie- Adele Barbier was born January 4, 1829 in Caen, France. 
  • In 1847 she entered a new missionary institute known as the Sisters of Calvary. 
  • After two years with the Sisters from Cuves, France she made her religious vows adding a fourth vow of "zeal for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.
  • In 1851 she was sent to London and the Sisters of Calvary changed its name to the Congregation of the Compassion.
  • Here Euphrasie, constantly progressing in virtue and in the interior life, devoted herself to numerous works of charity. Tried by severe illness and painful humiliation, she bore all with nobility and fortitude and when it became already obvious that the Institute itself had deflected from its missionary purpose, Euphrasie obtained permission to transfer to the Congregation of the Marist Sisters so that she could be sent to Oceania.
  • Euphrasie Barbier arrived in Lyons, France on August 15th, 1861 , where in the special plan of God she had to wait, and with the cooperation of the Marists she began to found a new Congregation to which she gave the title of Our Lady of the Missions.
  • In 1864 the first Sisters were sent to New Zealand missions.
  • In 1867 the first General Chapter was celebrated in which Mother Mary of the Heart of Jesus (Euphrasie Barbier's religious name) was elected Mother General an office she held until her death.
  • Although laboring under poor health, she undertook an arduous journey into Oceania during the period 1872-76 to visit the Sisters and encourage them in their apostolate, returning to Europe by America.
  • In the years 1883-87, she went to India and Oceania visiting the missions of the Congregation and sparing herself no labour to spread the Kingdom of God.
  • In 1890 the Constitutions were approved for a period of seven years and with her accustomed ardour the Servant of God continued to direct the Congregation with motherly concern remaining steadfast in the example she gave her sisters.
  • On January 18, 1893 in Sturry, England, Mother Mary of the Heart of Jesus gave back her soul to God.

What Kind of Person Was Euphrasie Barbier

  • "Faith, impetuous will-power, up-rightness, 
  • Small and slight, but with boundless energy , she was familiarly known as "The little Mother". 
  • Despite her health having been undermined by privations and illness, she had great enthusiasm for life. There seems to be no limits to her vitality.
  • Warm-hearted: Iron-willed.
  • Unshakeable firmness and compassionate kindness.
  • A woman of strong conviction, she resolutely holds on to her own ideas without yielding a single iota when she knows she has the truth on her side.
  • A great contemplative firmly rooted in reality.
  • A woman of action like St. Teresa of Avila whom she admires very much.