Marie Adelaide de Cicé: (1749-1818)
Foundress of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary
This year the Daughters of the Heart of Mary celebrate the bicentenary of the death of our revered Foundress Marie Adelaide de Cicé. A person weak in her health, timid, dominated by her own siblings, and at one of the darkest eras of World History , the French Revolution, she was chosen by God to confound the proud and raise the lowly. This humble woman whose strong faith and trust in the Eucharistic Lord, manifested in her frequent prayer, “It is the Lord,” enabled her to overcome the critical situations she had to face. With Fr. Peter Joseph de Clorivière as collaborator, she initiated a new form of religious life for turbulent times.
The Almighty has given the world the assurance that Religious life will never be extinguished by the powers of darkness.”
Fr. Peter Joseph Picot de Clorivière (1735-1820)
Co-Founder of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary
On the occasion of the bicentenary of their deaths, the Society in India North Province, conducted a variety of programmes to celebrate and make known their inspiring lives. The latest was in June 2019 for DHM families.
Three events: at Baroda in Gujarat, Nirmal in Bassein and Premankur in Mumbai were arranged to bring families of sisters to the common house and to help them to take part in the rejoicing of the DHM.
Highlights of the celebration in Mumbai:
- A Welcome with the song “Welcome to the Family”, accompanied on keyboard
- A prayer service;
- A Power Point presentation on the lives of our founders;
- Games with prizes.
- Sharing by some of the family members on their impressions of the Society.
- Snacks were served during the programme and a sumptuous dinner followed.
- A memento consisting of a magnet with the picture of young Adelaide inscribed on it were distributed to each family.
Some of the sharing of the family members of the Society and the contributions of their daughters or sisters as religious moved the gathering to tears. A few of those sharing appealed for vocations to the Society for the type of work done at present especially in the rural areas has to be carried further even to the ends of the earth.