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First Six Women

Françoise Eyraud (1611–1683) was born in Varennes into an old and illustrious family that had connections with the charitable works of the diocese. She was placed in charge of the hospice as early as 1646 and was its superior at the time of her death.

Clauda Chastel was widowed in 1647 when her husband was killed while serving in the king’s military forces. She was left well off with a fair amount of property and brought with her a dowry of 800 pounds. She must have received an education as she was the only one of the first six Sisters who could read and write.

Marguerite Burdier (1626–1700) was born in Saint-Julien-en-Forez into an influential upper class family. In 1668, she was sent to establish a community in Vienne. She was known for her strong personality and was very influential in setting up all the important community houses in Southern France.

Anna Chaleyer (1604–1694) came from Saint Giny-Malifaux, diocese of Lyon. She died at the age of 90 and was buried in the Chapel of Saint Joseph in Le Puy. She was likely of a modest social class and was 46 or 47 when she signed the act of association in 1651.

Anna Brun was a young girl (probably an orphan) just 15 years of age when she signed the Act of Association. She succeeded Françoise Eyraud as superior of the Montferrand hospice in 1683. Her burial is recorded as taking place on Jan. 25, 1685, when she was about 50-years-old.

Anna Vey came from Le Puy. Her father’s name, Jacques, is noted on the Act of Association with the promise of a dowry of 500 pounds. We assume she was from a well-to-do family and was very young at the time, but nothing further is known about her.

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