Providence, Nuns of

Providence, Nuns of a community of young women at Paris, established about the year 1647 by Madame Polaillon for the reception of poor virgins who might otherwise be exposed, through poverty, to the temptations of the world. This pious lady, having formed the design, was discouraged from prosecuting it by several persons, who represented to her that she had not a fund sufficient to carry it on; to whom she replied that Providence should be her fund; and accordingly, having succeeded in her undertaking, she gave to her community the name of The Nuns of Providence.

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