Blessed Agnes of Langeac

Blessed Agnès

Founded in 1623, the monastery counts amongst its foundresses a young woman, sister Agnes of Jesus Galand.  Born on November 17th, 1602, she was received in St Dominic’s Order as a lay Sister in 1621. She liked to care for future mothers and showed them great solicitude.

In 1623. Agnes participated in the foundation of the monastery of Saint Catherine of Siena in Langeac and received the Dominican habit on October 4th that year.  In 1627, she was elected prioress. By her prayers and her counsels, she guided the young Father Jean-Jacques  Olier towards the foundation of the first seminaries of Saint Sulpice.

Agnes died on October 19th, 1634, leaving her sisters with the specific vocation of praying for priests and for life in its beginnings in the womb of the mother.

Agnes witnesses by her life that “God loves always.” She reminds us of God’s love for us all.

The Dominican nuns of Langeac remain deeply attached to the person of Mother Agnes of Jesus and maintain a close relation with the Dominican apostolic sisters of Le Puy.

Photos taken by Manuel Cohen in Langeac and in Le Puy in 2016

Mother Agnes was proclaimed “Venerable” by Pope Pius VII on March 19th, 1808 and was beatified on November 20th 1994 by the Pope Saint John Paul II.

Her body reposes in the chapel of the Dominican Nuns of Langeac.  You are invited to confide your intentions near her reliquary.