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French Jeanne-Emilie DE VILLENEUVE

Roman Catholic French nun and the founder of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Castres

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Born: on March 09, 1811 in Toulouse, France
Died: on October 02, 1854 in Castres, France


Jeanne-Emilie de Villeneuve, also named Émilie de Villeneuve, was born in Toulouse, on 9 March 1811 From an early age, she lived in Hauterive Castle (near Castres), where her sick mother had withdrawn for treatment. She lost her mother at the age of 14 in 1815, followed by her sister Octavie in 1818.

After her mother's death, she lived some time in Toulouse where her grandmother supports her education and that of her sisters. At the age 19, Emilie was back at Hauterive, where she managed family life, mitigating of this task her father, then mayor of Castres (from 1826 to 1830).

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