A little timeline…

1864Etienne Pernet meets Antoinette Fage. Etienne is struck by “simplicity, her easy-going directness, her frankness, her generosity in regard to the Glory of God and the Apostolate”.

In meeting Antoinette, he had found what he had been looking for – “a woman, a religious woman”. He asks her to take charge of a group of three home nurses, they would look after people free of charge and in so doing, work to extend the Reign of God among the poor.

Father Pernet’s intuition went against Antoinette’s plans, but, nevertheless, she agrees to his request. “I feel I have the strength, with the Grace of God, to struggle and suffer, even if it were to cost me my life”. After a time of training for the religious life, she moved, with her new companions into a house in Rue St Dominique an area that was chosen because of the “countless number of poor people living there”.

1865 – Father Pernet and Antoinette Fage founded the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Assumption. Antoinette Fage becomes the General Superior. Her sisters would from then on call her Mother Marie de Jesus. In the first community with her were six young women determined to follow a form of life as close as possible to the Gospel, giving their lives as Christ gave his. They looked after the sick and were concerned for the whole family and all connected to it.