Birth, 12 August, in or near Paris. The identity of her mother is unknown; her father was a widower at the time of her birth. Educated at the Dominican Convent at Poissy, where she had an aunt.
Remarriage of her father to Antoinette Le Camus in January. Louise’s stepmother never accepted her husband’s illegitimate daughter into the family
Death of her father, Louis de Marillac, 25 July
Transferred to a “pension” or a boarding home to learn domestic skills
Marriage to Antoine LeGras, secretary to the Queen, Marie de Medicis, 5 February; birth of son Michel Antoine, 18 October.
Francis de Sales meets Louise and provides great consolation and support to her.
Antoine, Louise’s husband becomes ill
Made vow of widowhood, 4 May. Pentecost experience: La Lumiere, 4 June, which became a pivotal point in her spiritual development.
Beginning of spiritual direction by Vincent de Paul
Death of husband, 21 December
Louise sent on her first mission by Vincent de Paul to the Confraternity of Charity at Montmirail
Death of Michel de Marillac, Louise’s uncle and guardian
Foundation along with Vincent de Paul of the Company of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, 29 November
Establishment of the Ladies of Charity at the Hotel Dieu of Paris
Establishment of the Daughters of Charity at Richelieu, the first successful mission outside of Paris.
Healthcare ministry begins at the Hospital of St. Jean at Angers by the Daughters of Charity
Ministry to the galley slaves and prisoners begins by the Daughters of Charity
Ministry of education begins by the Daughters of Charity
Vows made for the first time by Louise and others
Approbation of the Confraternity of the Daughters of Charity by Jean Fran�ois de Gondi, coadjutor of the Bishop of Paris; the Confraternity is made dependent upon the bishops, 20 November.
Son Michel marries Gabrielle Le Clerc, 18 January
Birth of Renee-Louise LeGras, grand-daughter of Louise
Sending of the first Daughters of Charity beyond France into Poland at Warsaw
Act of Establishment of the Company of the Daughters of Charity, 8 August. First election of Officers. Approbation of the Company of the Daughters of Charity by cardinal de Retz, Archbishop of Paris. The superior general of the Priests of the Mission is recognized as the superior of the Daughters of Charity.
Death, 15 March
Pope Pius X issued the Decree of Heroicity of Virtues of Louise de Marillac, widow Le Gras, co-foundress of the Daughters of Charity, 19 July.
Pope Benedict XV beatified Louise de Marillac, 9 May.
Pope Pius XI presided at the solemnity of canonization, 11 March
Pope John XXIII commemorated the Third Centenary of the death of Saint Louise de Marillac, by declaring her “Patron of Christian Social Workers,” 10 February.