On 15 October, 1650, he addressed them as a religious community, placed them under the protection of St. Henri de Maupas, a friend and disciple of the great St. The bishop invited the aspirants to assemble at Le Puy where shortly afterwards he placed them in charge of the orphan asylum for girls.
Father Médaille prescribed three months, at least, for the probation time of a postulant, and four years for novitiate training, two years preparatory, and two years after the making of the vows, which are final.The congregation has had its martyrs, three during the persecution in Dauphiné, for refusing to take the civil oath, and two in another persecution in Haute-Loire. Joseph died for the Faith, and several others escaped the guillotine only by the fall of Robespierre. John Fontbonne, who in her notebook records the names of four Sisters of St. The work of the congregation continued, the increase in numbers keeping pace with demands now made on every side for convents and Catholic schools.Joseph imprisoned with her at St-Didier, five others in the dungeon of Feurs, and twenty in Clermont and other parts of France. John made of her liberty was to try to reassemble her dispersed community. John to repair, in 1807, to Saint-Etienne to take charge of a little band of religious representing different communities which, like that of St. Other young women joined the little household, all of whom Mother St. In several places the Government approved of the return of the sisters to their long vacant convents, and in some cases Revolutionary proprietors sold back to the sisters the property which had been confiscated. Wherever obedience directed, thither the missionaries hastened, till representatives of the community might be counted in nearly every country in Europe, on the distant shores of Asia, and in the fastnesses of Africa.The community, now (1910) numbering over 600 members, is represented in over 50 parishes of the diocese, in which the sisters preside over 8 academies, 50 parochial schools, 3 orphan asylums, a home for women, and 2 hospitals, having under their care 11,000 children, not including 1300 orphans.They teach Christian doctrine in many Sunday schools besides those attached to the schools under their charge.