Biography of Beata Ana María Javouhey (1779-1851)

French nun born in 1779 at Jallanges, Burgundy. He/She was the daughter of an accommodated farmer. From a very young expressed the desire to devote themselves to the Church. During the revolution he/she gave refuge to the refractory priests. Burning continued the mission that had been proposed, starting to teach the catechism in their village.

In 1807, in Chalon-sur-Saône, founded the Congregation of sisters of Saint Joseph-of-Cluny, who took care of poor children, and provided work for young women; their action spread rapidly. From 1817 he/she leaned for the missionary apostolate, founded communities in Guadalupe, Senegal, Bourbon Island, Guyana and Guinea. For eight years he/she was religious and fought for the liberation of the slaves; It was known as the mother of blacks. In 1848, he/she was elected member of Parliament. Anne-Marie died in Paris the year 1851. He/She was beatified by Pope Pius XII in 1950.