NACMS is offering a new reading group exploring the lives of six remarkable women who journeyed with Adèle during the initial years of the Marianist Sisters, and we invite you to discover the richness of their stories and the practical wisdom they can teach us today.
“Reflections on the Companions of Adèle” is a three-week online reading group that uses Companions of Adèle, a book written by Joseph Stefanelli, SM, containing 145 biographical sketches of women who interacted with Adèle during the twelve years between the founding of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary in 1816 and Adèle’s untimely death in 1828. Meet Marie-Julie-Clémentine Yannasch, one of these women.
“Clémentine, still in her teens, was an extraordinarily beautiful young woman, with personality and manners to match. Soon, she, as well as her mother and her sister, were in great demand at all the fashionable balls and worldly events…. Clémentine’s beauty and personality were equaled at this time by her worldly involvements, her love of a good time, and her desire to wear the latest fashions.” (Companions, p. 3)
How did Clémentine transform her worldly life to become Marianist Sister Marie Thérèse? Join the reading group to break open the rest of her story and the lives of five additional “companions.” Sessions will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) on Tuesdays: April 23, April 30, and May 7.
The cost to participate is $15. In addition, please ensure you have a copy of Companions of Adele, which is on sale for a limited time for $5, plus shipping and handling. (That’s an 80% savings). Registration must be received by Thursday, April 4. To register and purchase the book, add both items to your cart in our bookstore.