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The Founding of the Sisters of the Holy Family (1894)locked

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On 21 November 1842, free woman of color Henriette Delille founded the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans along with Juliette Gaudin and Josephine Charles. Within a few years the convent’s work expanded to include an orphanage, a home for the elderly, and a school for slaves and free children of color. In the excerpt from a history of the order below, Delille discusses some of the hardships the convent faced in its early years with gaining recognition and securing a new facility. In the twenty-first century, the order continues to operate with over 200 members.

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