St Joan Antide Thouret

Immaculate Conception School is managed with care by the Sisters of Charity who always do their utmost to educate and support the students by following the steps of our school foundress St Joan Antide was born in France in 1765. She was the daughter of a leather-worker and lived during the violent years of the French Revolution. At the age of 16 she lost her mother and took care of her brothers and sisters for several years. In her early twenties she joined the Sisters of Charity of St Vincent De Paul in Paris.

Times were growing more difficult and in 1793 the Order was broken due to a government order, she returned to her native village where she opened a free school to teach local children in the morning and help the sick during the afternoon and night. Her good deeds attracted the local authorities and was forced to flee to Switzerland for several years in exile. In the year 1799 she resumed teaching and on the 11 th April of the same year she founded a congregation for the education of the young and the care of the sick and poor. 

In 1818 Joan and her nuns were recognized by Pope Pius VII as a new order. She opened several schools and convents in France, Italy and Switzerland.

Saint Joan Antide died in Naples in 1826, having left for her sisters many examples of human kind and love. Today the Sisters of Charity are continuing her mission in Europe, USA, Asia and Africa.

We Celebrate her feast on the 23 rd May.

St Vincent De Paul 

St. Vincent de Paul (24 April 1581 – 27 September 1660) was a French Roman Catholic priest who dedicated himself to serving the poor. He was canonized in 1737. He was renowned for his compassion, humility, and generosity and is known as the "Great Apostle of Charity".

In 1617, Vincent founded the "Ladies of Charity" from a group of women within his parish. He organized these wealthy women of Paris to collect funds for missionary projects, found hospitals, and gather relief funds for the victims of war and to ransom 1,200 galley slaves from North Africa. From these, with the help of St.Louise de Marillac, came the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul. He died in Paris on 27 September 1660.