The origins of the “Saint Francis de Sales Association” date back to 1872, when Abbé Henri Chaumont and Caroline Colchen Carré de Malberg (picture), on October 15, founded the “Daughters of St Francis de Sales” in Paris. It was to be an association of lay people living in the world for the service and glory of God according to the spirit of Saint Francis de Sales.
Abbé Chaumont can be called a true disciple and promotor of the spirituality of Saint Francis de Sales. He discovered writings of the bishop of Genève when he was in the seminary in d’Issy-les-Moulineaux and later in Saint-Sulpice. He founded in 1872 the Société des Filles de Saint François de Sales (Saint Francis de Sales Association) with later on will give origine to the Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate, in september 1876 la Société des prêtres de saint François de Sales, and in november 1876 the Société des Fils de saint François de Sales
In 1911, the Holy See approved the Saint Francis de Sales Association. The Association is a spiritual family that seeks the personal holiness of its members.
The history, the spirituality, and the pastoral activity of the Saint Francis de Sales Association will be presented at the convention in November as one of the 15 institutes inspired by the spirituality of Saint Francis de Sales.
(Picture credits: G. Bernoville, Madamme Carré de Malberg. Fondatrice de la Société des Filles de Saint François de Sales, Paris, Grasset, 1951)
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