Our Foundress 

Genevieve Dupuis 

Our Foundress, Genevieve Dupuis was born on 28th January 1813 at 4, Rue St. Martin, the fifteenth of sixteen children. Her father, Francoise Nicholas Dupuis, was verger of the church of St. Merri, where Genevieve was baptised on 30th January 1813. He held this post both before and after the Revolution. Persecution and insecurity were well known to Genevieve’s parents, and only deepened their already strong faith. 
 
St. Merri Church 
Genevieve grew up in a pious household and learned from the good example of her parents. Her mother was strict and when Genevieve was old she would say, “Ah, I owe so much to my mother – how glad I am, now that she did not pass anything over.” 
 
St. Merri Church 
Genevieve was a city child, brought up in one of the oldest areas of Paris. After the revolution there was much change and development in Paris. She grew up in a pious household, but not without much fun and teasing between her and her siblings. Her parents gave lodgings to four priests who had been banished during the revolution, they in turn helped educate the Dupuis children. She was no stranger to urban unrest, poverty and disturbance. She was a child of Paris and grew up with it. 
 
On 7th April 1834, she entered the Sisters of Charity of St. Paul at Chartres. From there, as Sister Zoile, she went to teach at Chateaudun for three years. At the age of 27 she was appointed as assistant Novice Mistress in 1843.The four priests from her childhood and her Parish priest had a great influence on her life and she remarked that she owed her vocation to them.