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Jeremy Rich

saint, missionary, and pioneer of African Catholicism in Senegal, Gambia, and Sierre Leone, was born on 11 November 1779 in the southern French village of Jallanges, near Dijon. Her father and mother, Balthazar and Claudine Javouhey, were devoted Catholics, and they had nine other children besides Anne-Marie. The family protected priests hiding from revolutionary troops during the French Revolution. Her father was impressed by Javouhey’s fervent belief as an adolescent, but wondered if she had the inner stability to become a nun, as she hoped. Her vocation was further impeded by the revolutionary government, which had banned public worship at the time she first expressed her desire to become a nun, in 1796. From the late 1790s to 1805 Javouhey stayed with several different orders including at a Trappist convent and another convent run by the Sisters of Charity Finally she decided to establish her own religious ...