- Society of the Helpers of the Holy Souls
The Society of the Helpers of the Holy Souls is a
Catholic religious orderof women founded in Paris, Francein 1856, with the objective of assisting the soulsin Purgatory.
The Society was founded by Blessed
Eugenia Smet. She was educated at the convent of the Sacred Heart, at Lille, distinguishing herself by intellectual acquirements and striking traits of devotion to the souls in Purgatory. She went to Paris on January 19, 1856 (the society dates its foundation from this day); three days later, Smet obtained the permission of the local Archbishopto establish her order in Paris. On December 27, 1857, the foundress, with five of her first companions, pronounced her first vows; a Jesuitwas appointed chaplain, and the Rule of St. Ignatiuswas adopted.
The Society in America
In May, 1892, seven “Helpers” sailed to
New York, and were heartily welcomed by the local Archbishop. In 1905, the Sisters went to San Francisco, where they settled in a house there.
*The foundress, Eugénie Smet, was
beatifiedin Romeon May 26, 1957by Pope Pius XII. Her feast is kept on February 7, which is the anniversary of her death.
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