Brief Chronology of the Life and work of Venerable Mother Louise Margaret Claret de la Touche March 15, 1868 May 14, 1915

“My raison d'être is to be a nothing, a feather flying in the wind, a grain of sand heaved up by the sea; but this nothing, this grain of sand, is a messenger of Infinite Love” (Letter of Mother Louise Margaret to Fr. A. Charrier, 27 December 1908).

“Margaret Mary has shown My Heart to the world, do you show It to My priests, and draw them all to My Heart.” (Intimate Notes: 6 June 1902)

Historical Notes

15 March 1868 Birth of Margaret at St. Germain-en-Lay, France, to Ferdinand Claret de la Touch and Marie Louise Cousin.

House at Rue de Noailles 25, where Margaret was born

1872 Margaret at four years of age

Margaret at four years of age

1875 Death of Margaret's father at the age of forty-seven

1877 Her mother marries Mr. Alberto Tyrbas de Chamberet, who has an eleven-year old son, Armand.

The house at Rue Vernoux 12, first floor, where Margaret's family took up residence in Valence

The house at Rue Vernoux 12 in Valence

1885 Margaret at seventeen years of age

Margaret at seventeen years of age

20 November 1890 Margaret enters the Visitation convent in Romans, France

Visitation convent of Romans which is now a museum of footwear.

Visitation convent of Romans

7 October 1891 Margaret takes the habit. From now on she will be known as Sister Louise Margaret.

17 October 1892 She makes her religious vows.

2 August 1895 She makes a vow of abandonment.

1896 June the 6th Meeting with Fr. A. Charrier, S.J., who becomes her spiritual director until 1910.

Father Alfred Charrier, S.J.

Fr. Alfred Charrier S.J.

1899 In France, an interior vision of the “little house,” which Sister Louise Margaret would recognize later in Vische, Italy, near Turin, and which would become the House of the First Foundation.

New Foundation House in Vische

5 June 1902 Jesus entrusts her with a mission for priests.

1902 After an interior vision, and at the command of Father Charrier, she paints the “Picture of Jesus the Merciful,” which still hangs in the chapel of the Mother House in Vische.

Picture of Jesus the Merciful

25 October 1904 November 1905 Sister Louse Margaret writes her “Autobiography” at the order of her spiritual director.

6 March 1906 As the result of anti-Catholic laws, all the religious congregations in France are expelled. Sister Louise Margaret flees with her community to Revigliasco, Italy, in the diocese of Turin.

Mansion belonging to Count Beria d'Argentina and his wife, where the Visitation nuns took refuge after their expulsion (1906-1909).

Mansion belonging to Count Beria d'Argentina and his wife, where the 
Visitation nuns took refuge after their expulsion

16 May 1907 Sister Louise Margaret is elected superior.

1909 The community moves from Revigliasco to Mazzè, in the diocese of Ivrea.

“La Torretta,” the second residence of the Visitation convent of Romans-Revigliasco (1909-1912).

La Torretta

1910 Mother Louise Margaret is re-elected superior for a second term.

May 1912 Transfer of the community from Mazzè to Parella, in the diocese of Ivrea. Parella, where the Romans-Mazzè community moved (1912-1918)

Parella, in the diocese of Ivrea

8 May 1913 Mother Louise's term as superior comes to an end.

6 August 1913 In obedience to the bishop, Rt. Rev. M. Filipello, now her spiritual director, and to her superior, she leaves the Visitation of Parella to go to Rome.

19 March 1914 Advised by the Congregation for Religious in Rome, she founds a new religious community in Vische (TO), which has as its purpose prayer and self-sacrifice for the Church and the priesthood.

The first community in Vische, Mother Louise Margaret is the second from the right. Margaret Reynaud, the future co-foundress, is second from the left.

The first community in Vische

14 May 1915 Death of Mother Louise Margaret Claret de la Touche in Vische

26 February 1917 At the express wish of Mother Louse Margaret and by decree of Bishop Filipello, the lay people's branch of the Work entitled, “Friends of Bethany of the Sacred Heart,” begins.

24 April 1918 Mother Louise Margaret's foundation takes the name “Bethany of the Sacred Heart.”

7 June 1918 Bishop Matteo Filipello sets up by decree “The Friends of the Priest’s Union of the Sacred Heart.”

Rt. Rev. Matteo Filipello, Bishop of Ivrea

Rev. Matteo Filipello

31 October 1933 The Tribunal for the Process of Beatification is set up in the chancery office of the Diocese of Ivrea.

8 December 1948 The branch of the Work, called now “Missionaries of Infinite Love,” is born. It is a secular institute for women, bound to the Work by spirituality and mission.

1 December 1973 The Congregation for the Causes of Saints issues a decree of approval of all the writings of the Servant of God, Mother Louise Margaret Claret de la Touche.

26 June 2006 Pope Benedict XVI approves the decree of heroic virtue of the Servant of God, Mother Louise Margaret Claret de la Touche, presented by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

The urn containing the remains of Venerable Mother Louise Margaret Claret de la Touche, which were moved to the Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart in Vische on 14 May 2007.

The urn containing the remains of Venerable Mother Louise Margaret Claret

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