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Blessed Sylvieagnès De Romillon


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Feast Day: July 10

Birth: March 15, 1750
Death: July 1, 10
Blessed Sylvieagnès De Romillon, also known as Sister Agnès of Jesus, was born on 15 March 1750 in Bollène, Vaucluse, France. She was an Ursuline nun who became a prominent figure during the French Revolution.
Sylvieagnès De Romillon entered the Ursuline convent at an early age, dedicating her life to the service of God and the education of young girls. Known for her piety, humility, and dedication to her vocation, she quickly gained the respect and admiration of her fellow sisters.
However, the onset of the French Revolution posed significant challenges for religious communities, and the Ursuline convent was not exempt from the political turmoil. In 1790, the French government passed laws suppressing religious orders, forcing the closure of many convents and monasteries.
Sister Agnès of Jesus and her sisters at the Ursuline convent in Orange refused to renounce their vows and abandon their religious life. Despite the risks and dangers, they continued their ministry in secret, attending to the spiritual needs of the people in the area.
Unfortunately, their efforts to maintain their religious observances could not elude the watchful eyes of the revolutionaries. The Ursuline community in Orange was discovered, and Sister Agnès, along with her sisters, was arrested and imprisoned.
On 10 July 1794, in Orange, Vaucluse, France, Sister Agnès, along with her companions, faced the guillotine, becoming martyrs for their faith. Their courage and steadfastness in the face of persecution became an inspiration to many, as they refused to compromise their convictions despite the grave consequences.
In recognition of her martyrdom and exemplary Christian witness, Blessed Sylvieagnès De Romillon was venerated on 19 March 1925 by Pope Pius XI, who declared her a martyr. On 10 May 1925, Pope Pius XI beatified her, acknowledging her as someone worthy of veneration and an intercessor before God.
The life of Blessed Sylvieagnès De Romillon reminds us of the sacrifices made by countless men and women during the French Revolution, who held steadfastly to their faith even in the face of adversity. Her memory continues to inspire and remind us of the importance of our own dedication to God and the pursuit of a virtuous life.