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.
During the time of the French Revolution Genevieve’s parents were familiar with persecution and insecurity and this deepened their already strong faith. Her mother was strict and when Geneviève 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.”
On 7th April 1834, she entered the Sisters of Charity of St. Paul at Chartres. At Profession she was given the name Sister Zoile. She taught for three years at Chateaudun and at the age of 27 she was appointed assistant Novice Mistress.