Mother Founder - Claudine Echernier

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Our Mother Founder Sr. Claudine Echernier was born to Francis Echernier and Anne Dutrel in a village called “ver le creux” – Chavanod, France on the 29th of May 1801. Francis Echernier gave himself from morning to evening which earned the bread for the family. They did not have the means to care for the education of their family. The parents taught the children to fear the Good God; they advised them to be good. That was all they could do. Claudine was placed as a shepherd in the home of a peasant called “Maillet” at Champanges. It was here that she learnt to read and write. About the age of 15 she had the misfortune of losing her mother and had to replace her in tending her brothers and sisters. On 14th October 1828, Fr. Joseph was appointed parish priest of Chavanod and Claudine was appointed as the house maid of the parish priest. Claudine was 27 years when she went to the parish of Chavanod. Her only pre-occupation was to know the will of God for her and accomplish it. She then became a mistress of a small school teaching boys and girls.

Year of forming the Congregation -1838

It will be difficult to enumerate all the kinds of mortifications our saintly mother encountered and the virtues she practiced to overcome them. The virtues of our venerated Mother founder, Claudine Echernier are

Love of Jesus Christ Our mother loved our Lord with an ardent and generous spirit, which manifested itself in her words, and many times by the tears she shed before the Blessed Sacrament and before the Crucifix

Faith was her driving power, her consolation and her hope. Mother possessed admirably the marvelous art of seeing God in all things; in creatures, in events, in everything and everywhere. A sister seeing her pulling out the weeds in the garden showed her surprise: Our Mother replied, “I Love this work very much, it reminds me about my poor heart, where there are always useless plants to uproot”.

Our venerated mother understood perfectly well that Prayer is one of the most essential obligations of the religious life and sShe spent long hours before the ‘Blessed Sacrament’.

Trust in Divine Providence. We can say that our mother practiced this virtue to a supreme degree. Her rule of conduct was, “To do the will of God in everything”.

Devotion to Mary Mother Claudine’s devotion to Mother Mary was remarkable ‘Do like me, never cease praying to the Holy Virgin’ but above all imitate her in her humility, her modesty, and her simplicity.