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The PAULINIAN STORY begins here in the 
wheatfields of the region of Beauce, France
BEAUCE…
Field of golden grain…
Verdant garden in crimson splendor
Field of LIFE but once, plain of DEATH
Where in battle great armies in met. 
Hundred Years War (1337-1453) 
St. Joan of Arc’s Liberation of New Orleans (1429) 
Wars of Religion (1562-1598) 
Wars of Fronde (1648-1653)
The series of wars brought great misery to the 
country sides -- 
Poverty, sickness, ignorance
… apathy, religious indifference, 
lowering of moral standards
Such was the situation in Levesville-la-Chenard, 
a small village 25 miles southeast of Chartres
Fr. Louis Chauvet was assigned as 
parish priest of Levesville.
He found the Church in ruins, the presbytery 
uninhabitable, the people indifferent and apathetic.
but most especially, he 
reached out to his 
parishioners to respond 
to their misery, engaging 
everyone in this endeavor.
This young priest 
– only 30 years old– 
was filled with zeal 
for his people.
Fr. Louis Chauvet 
became many things to 
his parishioners. 
Priest 
His great concern was for 
their spiritual welfare. 
Counselor
Shepherd 
He gave special 
attention to the 
needy, the aged. 
He attended to 
the abandoned, 
looking to their 
total well-being.
Scholar 
He struggled against 
ignorance and the false 
teaching of Quietism and 
Jansenism… 
Musician 
- exemplifying the quest 
for the 
finer things in life.
Teacher 
He shared his vision of uplifting the level of life 
of the villagers
… through 
teaching the 
children, 
caring for 
the sick, and 
ministering 
to the poor
Young girls of the village 
became fired with his vision.
The first 
Marie Micheau (17) 
Barbe Foucauld (19) 
Marie Anne de Tilly (31) 
who assisted in their formation 
became 
co-Foundress. 
They became the first 
“Daughters of the School of Levesville”
Soon, they were joined by many others - 
Anne Bonnet 
Marie Denizet 
Anne Lerat 
Catherine Sirou 
Marie Anne Deslandres 
Claude Dauvilliers 
Marie Foucault 
Marie Fleury 
Louise Meunier 
Jeanne Rosseau 
- to name a few.
Le Berceau (The Cradle) became their first home.
Le Berceau today
unchanged through the 
centuries…
-its cellar (La Cave) became the 1st classroom
-with Marie Micheau 
as first teacher.
Their RULE 
“They will strive to imitate our Lord and 
to live his teaching.” (Draft of a Rule)
His love urged them on… 
CARITAS 
CHRISTI 
URGET NOS
“Having neither dowry nor income but earning their 
living so as to be able to perform their apostolic work 
as gratuitously as possible, 
they combined 
austere mortification 
with the hardest work.” 
( cf. Draft of a Rule, Ch. 1)
A scholar himself, Fr. Chauvet 
considered scholarship a 
function of faith. 
Fr. Louis Chauvet wanted the children 
to know how to read and write to enable them 
to know more about Christian doctrine and 
to practice their religion as they should.
With Religion and the 
3Rs, the Sisters taught 
practical arts and crafts 
to equip the young with 
productive skills that would 
enable them to improve their 
living standards. 
The first school opened in 1700; a 
second school opened in 
Chateauneuf-en-Thymerais in 1707.
Marie Micheau, first recruit, first superior, 
and first teacher, died at the age of 19 on 15 
November 1702 
Fr. Chauvet accorded her the right to be buried in the Church, a privilege that 
belonged only to the Lord-Founders of the Church, priests and persons consecrated 
to God. 
Marie Anne de Tilly, co-Foundress 
28 September 1703 
Fr. Louis Chauvet 
Founder, 21 June 1710
Unless a grain 
of wheat 
falls into the 
ground and dies, 
it remains a 
single grain; 
but if it dies, 
it shall yield a 
rich harvest.
In 1708, Fr. Louis Chauvet entrusted the Sisters of 
Levesville under the protection of the Bishop of Chartres.
Bishop Paul 
Godet des Marais 
gave them the name 
Sisters of St. Paul 
and 
St. Paul, the Apostle 
as their Patron. 
(+26 September 1709)
Chartres became the Sisters’ new home! (their 
first house at St. Maurice)
Having at first settled 
in the district of St. 
Maurice in Chartres, the 
Sisters were once called 
the Sisters of Charity of St. 
Maurice. 
They were also referred 
to as “Les Sabotieres” 
– wooden shoe wearers 
The wooden shoes became symbolic of 
the simplicity and poverty of their 
lifestyle.
Fr. Claude Marechaux, appointed first ecclesiastical 
superior in Chartres wrote, in accord with Fr. Chauvet, 
the Sisters’ Rule and the Instructions on the Rule 
“How to Perform our Actions Well” 
Msgr. Charles de Truchis 
who succeeded Fr. Marechaux 
was instrumental in preserving 
the Rule and the Names of the 
first Sisters by letting them write 
their names in the community 
registry, Le Monument.
With the 
Virgin Mary as 
their Model
and 
St. Paul, Apostle 
as their Patron 
the Sisters moved 
beyond Levesville-la- 
Chenard to the whole 
of the diocese – and to 
the whole of France
living the ideals of 
Regularity 
Simplicity 
Work.
In no time, the 
Sisters of 
St. Paul 
spread all over 
France …
- then to the French 
colonies and on to 
other parts of the 
globe.
Cayenne, 18th Century
Dark Night: 1789-1802
The French revolution
The French revolution in 
1792 ordered the suppression 
of all religious congregations 
and the confiscation of their 
houses and property.
The house at St. Maurice 
was confiscated and the 
44 sisters living there 
were dispersed.
DISPERSAL 
Mother Josseaume, 
then Superior General, was 
incarcerated with 3 sisters 
and 212 others at Rambouillet. 
They were eventually 
released in 1794. 
But the Sisters were gone, 
their houses were gone… 44 in 
Chartres, 111 in the other towns 
and villages … the community 
appeared for all purposes to be 
DEAD!
RECONSTITUTION 
1802: The Minister of the Navy, 
Denis Decres, requested for Sisters 
to replenish those in Cayenne, 
whose charity and compassion he 
greatly appreciated. With Baron 
de Laitre, Prefect of Eure-et-Loire, 
a search was made for the 
Sisters of St. Paul. 
The government that disbanded them 
now sought to gather them together. 
Mother Josseaumme was found. A search was 
made for the dispersed Sisters.
Napoleon Bonaparte, 
Premier Consul, 
signs the Decree of Reconstitution 
of the Sisters of St. Paul of 
Chartres, 
10 December 1802. 
He would also sign, in 1811, the Decree 
granting legal recognition to the 
Congregation.
A New Dawn! 
The Sisters were given 
the former Dominican 
convent at Rue St. 
Jacques
…which today serves as 
the Maison Mère - 
Mother House - of the 
Congregation.
At HOME, once more -
- the Sisters picked up their Life 
and continued their work in the 
shadow of the great Cathedral of 
Chartres
they could again pray 
at the altar of 
Notre Dame de Chartres.
Paulinian mission flourished in new and different ways both in France 
and in other parts of the world. 
Hospice De Saint-Pierre 
Martinique 1818
Guadeloupe - 1820 
Hopital Militaire De Fort De France
By 1834, there were 400 sisters in 67 SPC houses in 
France, in schools, hospitals, dispensaries and 
orphanages. 
There were 45 sisters in the hospitals and schools of 
Martinique, Guadeloupe and Cayenne.
Monsignor Augustin Forcade, 
assigned as Apostolic Vicar of 
Japan and Apostolic Prefect of 
Hongkong requested for Sisters of 
St. Paul to help him in Hongkong. 
Four were sent: 
Sr. Alphonsine, his own sister, 
Sr. Gabrielle Joubin, 
Sr. Auguste Galloin 
and Sr. Louis Morse.
Hongkong - 1848 
Today…
Vietnam - 1860 
Today…
Japan 
- 1878 
Today…
Korea - 1888 
Today…
Thailand - 1898 
Today…
Laos - 1904 Today, under Thailand…
However, the secularization laws of 
France had far reaching consequences. 
Our sisters had to leave 105 public schools 
between 1879 and 1903. 
Denied and refused in their own country 
- later even in the French occupied 
territories – the Sisters looked more and 
more to the East! They became available 
for the Asian missions, 
especially to the Philippines.
The loss of Europe was Asia’s gain! 
The Provincial Superiors of Asia today 
More than 80% 
of the total 
number of 
Sisters in the 
Congregation 
today are 
Asians
Integral to the Life and Mission 
of the Sisters of St. Paul was the constant 
sharing in the Paschal Mystery of Christ 
1 – the poverty and hard work of their 
early beginnings 
2 - the early deaths of the Founders 
3 - the unjust harassment of 
Marguerite David who claimed 
part of the community property 
after Marie Anne’s death
4 – the lawsuits against them 
by the merchants of 
Chartres and who put 
obstacles to their legal 
recognition as a 
Congregation 
5 - the difficulties, 
deprivations, and deaths in the first missions 
6 - the French revolution, dispersal, and dissolution 
7 – the secularization movement, expulsion from 
schools & hospitals of France and in its 
territories
CHRIST IS 
LORD OF HISTORY! 
… undaunted, the 
Sisters remained 
steadfast and joyful - 
anchored in the Lord. 
ULTIMA LATET 
Fr. Louis Chauvet’s Sundial
Russia 
Mongolia 
Alaska 
Turkey 
Colombia 
East Timor 
Today, some 5000 Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres 
serve in 32 countries in 6 continents of the world.
St. Paul Alumni to Generation to 
Generations 
ST. PAUL UNIVERSITY 
DUMAGUETE SINCE :1904
Generation to Generations
The Don Geronimo Villegas and Doña Escolastica Teves de Villegas 
family of Tanjay (ca. 1900) 
(Photo from the Villegas family archives)
The Don Jose Teves Muñoz and Doña Eustaquia Paula Calumpang de 
Muñoz family of Tanjay (ca. 1900). 
(Photo courtesy of Atty. Alex A. Villanueva)
The Pastranos of Tanjay with the matriarch Nieves Villacampa vda. de Pastrano (ca. 1920). 
[Photo courtesy of Arlene Pastrano-Caballo.]
Perdices Clan 
Prof. JULIA MICIANO de PERDICES 
(Scan of photo from St. Paul University Dumaguete's 
Bidlisiw '79)
Somoza Clan 
Maria 'Iyay' Somoza Arnaiz de Diaz and 
Francisca 'Paquita' Somoza Arnaiz de Ponce 
de Leon. 
Elenita '' leni'' Somoza- 
Mascardo
Lezana Clan
Remollo Clan
Pinili Clan 
 The biggest alumni members in this 
University
Roxas Clan
Caritas Christi Urget Nos

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The Paulinian Story & History

  • 1.
  • 2. The PAULINIAN STORY begins here in the wheatfields of the region of Beauce, France
  • 4. Field of golden grain…
  • 5. Verdant garden in crimson splendor
  • 6. Field of LIFE but once, plain of DEATH
  • 7. Where in battle great armies in met. Hundred Years War (1337-1453) St. Joan of Arc’s Liberation of New Orleans (1429) Wars of Religion (1562-1598) Wars of Fronde (1648-1653)
  • 8. The series of wars brought great misery to the country sides -- Poverty, sickness, ignorance
  • 9. … apathy, religious indifference, lowering of moral standards
  • 10. Such was the situation in Levesville-la-Chenard, a small village 25 miles southeast of Chartres
  • 11. Fr. Louis Chauvet was assigned as parish priest of Levesville.
  • 12. He found the Church in ruins, the presbytery uninhabitable, the people indifferent and apathetic.
  • 13.
  • 14. but most especially, he reached out to his parishioners to respond to their misery, engaging everyone in this endeavor.
  • 15. This young priest – only 30 years old– was filled with zeal for his people.
  • 16. Fr. Louis Chauvet became many things to his parishioners. Priest His great concern was for their spiritual welfare. Counselor
  • 17. Shepherd He gave special attention to the needy, the aged. He attended to the abandoned, looking to their total well-being.
  • 18. Scholar He struggled against ignorance and the false teaching of Quietism and Jansenism… Musician - exemplifying the quest for the finer things in life.
  • 19. Teacher He shared his vision of uplifting the level of life of the villagers
  • 20. … through teaching the children, caring for the sick, and ministering to the poor
  • 21. Young girls of the village became fired with his vision.
  • 22. The first Marie Micheau (17) Barbe Foucauld (19) Marie Anne de Tilly (31) who assisted in their formation became co-Foundress. They became the first “Daughters of the School of Levesville”
  • 23. Soon, they were joined by many others - Anne Bonnet Marie Denizet Anne Lerat Catherine Sirou Marie Anne Deslandres Claude Dauvilliers Marie Foucault Marie Fleury Louise Meunier Jeanne Rosseau - to name a few.
  • 24. Le Berceau (The Cradle) became their first home.
  • 26. unchanged through the centuries…
  • 27.
  • 28. -its cellar (La Cave) became the 1st classroom
  • 29. -with Marie Micheau as first teacher.
  • 30. Their RULE “They will strive to imitate our Lord and to live his teaching.” (Draft of a Rule)
  • 31. His love urged them on… CARITAS CHRISTI URGET NOS
  • 32. “Having neither dowry nor income but earning their living so as to be able to perform their apostolic work as gratuitously as possible, they combined austere mortification with the hardest work.” ( cf. Draft of a Rule, Ch. 1)
  • 33. A scholar himself, Fr. Chauvet considered scholarship a function of faith. Fr. Louis Chauvet wanted the children to know how to read and write to enable them to know more about Christian doctrine and to practice their religion as they should.
  • 34. With Religion and the 3Rs, the Sisters taught practical arts and crafts to equip the young with productive skills that would enable them to improve their living standards. The first school opened in 1700; a second school opened in Chateauneuf-en-Thymerais in 1707.
  • 35. Marie Micheau, first recruit, first superior, and first teacher, died at the age of 19 on 15 November 1702 Fr. Chauvet accorded her the right to be buried in the Church, a privilege that belonged only to the Lord-Founders of the Church, priests and persons consecrated to God. Marie Anne de Tilly, co-Foundress 28 September 1703 Fr. Louis Chauvet Founder, 21 June 1710
  • 36. Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains a single grain; but if it dies, it shall yield a rich harvest.
  • 37. In 1708, Fr. Louis Chauvet entrusted the Sisters of Levesville under the protection of the Bishop of Chartres.
  • 38. Bishop Paul Godet des Marais gave them the name Sisters of St. Paul and St. Paul, the Apostle as their Patron. (+26 September 1709)
  • 39. Chartres became the Sisters’ new home! (their first house at St. Maurice)
  • 40. Having at first settled in the district of St. Maurice in Chartres, the Sisters were once called the Sisters of Charity of St. Maurice. They were also referred to as “Les Sabotieres” – wooden shoe wearers The wooden shoes became symbolic of the simplicity and poverty of their lifestyle.
  • 41. Fr. Claude Marechaux, appointed first ecclesiastical superior in Chartres wrote, in accord with Fr. Chauvet, the Sisters’ Rule and the Instructions on the Rule “How to Perform our Actions Well” Msgr. Charles de Truchis who succeeded Fr. Marechaux was instrumental in preserving the Rule and the Names of the first Sisters by letting them write their names in the community registry, Le Monument.
  • 42. With the Virgin Mary as their Model
  • 43. and St. Paul, Apostle as their Patron the Sisters moved beyond Levesville-la- Chenard to the whole of the diocese – and to the whole of France
  • 44. living the ideals of Regularity Simplicity Work.
  • 45. In no time, the Sisters of St. Paul spread all over France …
  • 46. - then to the French colonies and on to other parts of the globe.
  • 50. The French revolution in 1792 ordered the suppression of all religious congregations and the confiscation of their houses and property.
  • 51. The house at St. Maurice was confiscated and the 44 sisters living there were dispersed.
  • 52. DISPERSAL Mother Josseaume, then Superior General, was incarcerated with 3 sisters and 212 others at Rambouillet. They were eventually released in 1794. But the Sisters were gone, their houses were gone… 44 in Chartres, 111 in the other towns and villages … the community appeared for all purposes to be DEAD!
  • 53. RECONSTITUTION 1802: The Minister of the Navy, Denis Decres, requested for Sisters to replenish those in Cayenne, whose charity and compassion he greatly appreciated. With Baron de Laitre, Prefect of Eure-et-Loire, a search was made for the Sisters of St. Paul. The government that disbanded them now sought to gather them together. Mother Josseaumme was found. A search was made for the dispersed Sisters.
  • 54. Napoleon Bonaparte, Premier Consul, signs the Decree of Reconstitution of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, 10 December 1802. He would also sign, in 1811, the Decree granting legal recognition to the Congregation.
  • 55. A New Dawn! The Sisters were given the former Dominican convent at Rue St. Jacques
  • 56. …which today serves as the Maison Mère - Mother House - of the Congregation.
  • 57. At HOME, once more -
  • 58. - the Sisters picked up their Life and continued their work in the shadow of the great Cathedral of Chartres
  • 59. they could again pray at the altar of Notre Dame de Chartres.
  • 60. Paulinian mission flourished in new and different ways both in France and in other parts of the world. Hospice De Saint-Pierre Martinique 1818
  • 61. Guadeloupe - 1820 Hopital Militaire De Fort De France
  • 62. By 1834, there were 400 sisters in 67 SPC houses in France, in schools, hospitals, dispensaries and orphanages. There were 45 sisters in the hospitals and schools of Martinique, Guadeloupe and Cayenne.
  • 63. Monsignor Augustin Forcade, assigned as Apostolic Vicar of Japan and Apostolic Prefect of Hongkong requested for Sisters of St. Paul to help him in Hongkong. Four were sent: Sr. Alphonsine, his own sister, Sr. Gabrielle Joubin, Sr. Auguste Galloin and Sr. Louis Morse.
  • 64. Hongkong - 1848 Today…
  • 65. Vietnam - 1860 Today…
  • 66. Japan - 1878 Today…
  • 67. Korea - 1888 Today…
  • 68. Thailand - 1898 Today…
  • 69. Laos - 1904 Today, under Thailand…
  • 70.
  • 71. However, the secularization laws of France had far reaching consequences. Our sisters had to leave 105 public schools between 1879 and 1903. Denied and refused in their own country - later even in the French occupied territories – the Sisters looked more and more to the East! They became available for the Asian missions, especially to the Philippines.
  • 72. The loss of Europe was Asia’s gain! The Provincial Superiors of Asia today More than 80% of the total number of Sisters in the Congregation today are Asians
  • 73. Integral to the Life and Mission of the Sisters of St. Paul was the constant sharing in the Paschal Mystery of Christ 1 – the poverty and hard work of their early beginnings 2 - the early deaths of the Founders 3 - the unjust harassment of Marguerite David who claimed part of the community property after Marie Anne’s death
  • 74. 4 – the lawsuits against them by the merchants of Chartres and who put obstacles to their legal recognition as a Congregation 5 - the difficulties, deprivations, and deaths in the first missions 6 - the French revolution, dispersal, and dissolution 7 – the secularization movement, expulsion from schools & hospitals of France and in its territories
  • 75. CHRIST IS LORD OF HISTORY! … undaunted, the Sisters remained steadfast and joyful - anchored in the Lord. ULTIMA LATET Fr. Louis Chauvet’s Sundial
  • 76. Russia Mongolia Alaska Turkey Colombia East Timor Today, some 5000 Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres serve in 32 countries in 6 continents of the world.
  • 77.
  • 78. St. Paul Alumni to Generation to Generations ST. PAUL UNIVERSITY DUMAGUETE SINCE :1904
  • 80.
  • 81. The Don Geronimo Villegas and Doña Escolastica Teves de Villegas family of Tanjay (ca. 1900) (Photo from the Villegas family archives)
  • 82. The Don Jose Teves Muñoz and Doña Eustaquia Paula Calumpang de Muñoz family of Tanjay (ca. 1900). (Photo courtesy of Atty. Alex A. Villanueva)
  • 83. The Pastranos of Tanjay with the matriarch Nieves Villacampa vda. de Pastrano (ca. 1920). [Photo courtesy of Arlene Pastrano-Caballo.]
  • 84.
  • 85. Perdices Clan Prof. JULIA MICIANO de PERDICES (Scan of photo from St. Paul University Dumaguete's Bidlisiw '79)
  • 86. Somoza Clan Maria 'Iyay' Somoza Arnaiz de Diaz and Francisca 'Paquita' Somoza Arnaiz de Ponce de Leon. Elenita '' leni'' Somoza- Mascardo
  • 89. Pinili Clan  The biggest alumni members in this University