France

The German-French war of 1870/71 was for Mother M. Clara an occasion to send Sisters to Metz-Sablon, in order to carry out army medical service there. 

Because of the changing situation in the Province in 2004 the St. Blandine Province became the “Sector Portiuncula of France”, with a simpler leadership structure.

 

At the end of the war it was the wish of the Bishop of Metz, Monsignor Dupont-des-Loges that the Sisters are allowed to remain in his Diocese to care for the German domestic girl’s home “St Blandine”, on Marcellen Street, that he had founded. 

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Our Foundress agreed with this.  Soon a private German elementary school was begun, also with the care of the sick in the Jesuit College in the city of Metz, when the Jesuits were expelled. 

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When in 1886 the earlier police barracks in the city center of Metz was bought, this service was further enlarged.  This was the birth of the large hospital “St Blandine” that over many years became the chief work place for many Sisters.  The hospital throughout the decades made various expansions and was merged at the beginning of 2008 with 2 other Metz hospitals, with the wish that through the formation of a new private hospital, the original inspirations would be realized further for the well-being of the sick.

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In 1918 a property and a house was able to be purchased in Ban St Martin, that from then on served as the Motherhouse and Novitiate and would become the center for the Sisters in France.  In 1921 the active Sisters in France became an independent Province under the patronage of St Blandine. 

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The Sisters in Alsace-Lorraine are known as the Franciscan Sisters of St Blandine.

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The Sisters took over also other services in the course of time in Alsace-Lorraine, like the care of the sick as outpatients and in hospitals, the care of children, the concern for adolescent girls, and over some years a mission in a workers’ town, and from 1982 to 1990 in a mission in Togo/Africa.

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Because of the changing situation in the Province in 2004 the St. Blandine Province became the “Sector Portiuncula of France”, with a simpler leadership structure.

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