Lifelong CatechesisForming Catholic identity across generations
The sound of Alleluias fills the 50 days of Easter Sunday to Pentecost as we give thanks for the gift of our salvation. The Easter Triduum recalls the passion and resurrection of Christ in the sacred journey from Holy Thursday to Easter Vigil. "Dying he destroyed our death. Rising he restored our life."
Julie Billiart, Virgin and Religious
Mary Rose Julie Billiart was born in northern France. She was exceptionally gifted, but with little education at the age of seven, she memorized the catechism and taught the children in her village its lessons. She celebrated her First Communion at the age of nine, ordinarily reserved for adults. Because of a robbery, then later a shooting of her father, she became partially paralyzed and confined to bed. She spent several hours a day praying, and catechizing young children gathered at her bed. She had to escape persecution for her faith and eventually began the Sisters of Notre Dame. She is the patron of those suffering from illness or impoverishment.