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1591
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.

1595
Remarriage of her father to Antoinette Le Camus in January. Louise’s stepmother never accepted her husband’s illegitimate daughter into the family

1604
Death of her father, Louis de Marillac, 25 July

c. 1604
Transferred to a “pension” or a boarding home to learn domestic skills

1613
Marriage to Antoine LeGras, secretary to the Queen, Marie de Medicis, 5 February; birth of son Michel Antoine, 18 October.

1619
Francis de Sales meets Louise and provides great consolation and support to her.

1622
Antoine, Louise’s husband becomes ill

1623
Made vow of widowhood, 4 May. Pentecost experience: La Lumiere, 4 June, which became a pivotal point in her spiritual development.

c. 1623-24
Beginning of spiritual direction by Vincent de Paul

1625
Death of husband, 21 December

1629
Louise sent on her first mission by Vincent de Paul to the Confraternity of Charity at Montmirail

1632
Death of Michel de Marillac, Louise’s uncle and guardian

1633
Foundation along with Vincent de Paul of the Company of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, 29 November

1634
Establishment of the Ladies of Charity at the Hotel Dieu of Paris

1638
Establishment of the Daughters of Charity at Richelieu, the first successful mission outside of Paris.

1639
Healthcare ministry begins at the Hospital of St. Jean at Angers by the Daughters of Charity

1640
Ministry to the galley slaves and prisoners begins by the Daughters of Charity

1641
Ministry of education begins by the Daughters of Charity

1642
Vows made for the first time by Louise and others

1646
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.

1650
Son Michel marries Gabrielle Le Clerc, 18 January

1651
Birth of Renee-Louise LeGras, grand-daughter of Louise

1652
Sending of the first Daughters of Charity beyond France into Poland at Warsaw

1655
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.

1660
Death, 15 March

1911
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.

1920
Pope Benedict XV beatified Louise de Marillac, 9 May.

1934
Pope Pius XI presided at the solemnity of canonization, 11 March

1960
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.

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