Former Riordan Board of Trustee member Bro. David Betz, SM traveled to France in June for the Beatification of Mother Adèle, who founded the Marianist Sisters with the assistance of Blessed Chaminade in 1816. On June 10, 2018, Mother Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon was recognized by the Catholic Church for her holiness through the Rite of Beatification. The liturgy took place in Agen, France which was the diocese of her birthplace, Chateau Trenquelléon.
The gathering of Marianists, lay and religious, from all over the world was a spectacle to behold. People of different cultures and languages came together to celebrate the life of a woman who models for us a deep love for the Triune God with Mary as guide. She was an exuberant young woman who believed that God’s love can be expressed through helping those who were in need and she worked tirelessly to assist young women reach their deepest sense of self especially through their relationship with the Beloved God. Gathering women either through her Little Association or as Daughters of Mary Immaculate (FMI), Adèle forged a desire to serve her God wholeheartedly. She became known as the “Saint of Agen” upon her death because she lived a virtuous life which was recognized by many who knew her and worked with her. And now we call her “Blessed” because she has been publicly honored by the Church as a woman of holiness who can be a witness for all of us as we strive to deepen our relationship with God.
To learn more about Adele’s life, read this article by Mary Kay Fitzpatrick, a Lay Marianist, which gives you a sense of who Mother Adèle was and why the Church took this major step to declare her “Blessed.” View footage from the Mass of Beatification here.
“Let us love God with all our hearts, with all our strength, and with all our mind. Then we shall have God’s interests at heart” -Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon