Thursday, 22nd February, 2024
Just after the French Revolution when France was in a state of upheaval and devastation, government was changing every few months, all that was institutional was being rejected and poverty and distress were widespread.
Twelve women living in Paris became aware of the great need to care for the sick and the dying. This group of women began to nurse the sick, and unlike other carers remained in the home, day and night, demonstrating God’s healing presence through compassionate care. The group chose Josephine Potel as their leader, and in January 1824 made their first profession as Sisters of Bon Secours in the Church of St. Sulpice in Paris. News of the tiny group’s spirituality, and the ‘good care’ they offered to rich and poor, spread. Other young women joined the congregation.
Despite Josephine Potel’s untimely death, her successor, Angelique Geay, saw the Congregation spread through France. These spirit-filled women became known for their dedication to Christ and devotion to the sick and suffering of all classes and religions.