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June 13-15, 1921 in Mons
Triduum in honor of the Beatification of the Ursulines of Valenciennes

The analyst in Mons relates this important event : On Sunday, June 13, 1920, His Holiness Benedict XV beatified solemnly our eleven Venerable Ursuline Sisters, Martyrs in Valenciennes. It was a day of glory for the Order of Saint Ursula.

Our Monastery, who had the privilege of welcoming the future heroins from September 17, 1792, to November 11, 1793, did not miss this opportunity of being united with the Ursulines of the whole world, in order to celebrate the glorication of their Blessed Sisters.

However, because of different circumstances, these solemnities were celebrated only in 1921, on June 13, 14 and 15. This Triduum was a very solemn one. The Clergy from the 4 parishes of the city contributed to the singing of the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Father Verstrepen, Director of the Consular School (University) in Mons, was the preacher for this circumstance. He made an excellent sermon on our Blessed Sisters.

Thursday, June 16, was the day for our Association of Past Pupils. Many of them arrived, all shining with happiness to see their former teachers again, and their dear Boarding School. A gorgeous musical and literary performance was given to them. The play was on “The martyr of the Blessed Ursulines of Valenciennes”; These young actresses played their role so easily and naturally, that the audience was in tears. A picture was taken of the Ursulines: (They photographed the group of makeshift Ursulines and this gave them a great joy!) After the play, we went to the dining room that was elegantly decorated. Lunch was awaiting our kind guests. It was the moment for cordial exchanges and toasts, cheered up with joyful laughter.

Sainte Famille in Mons. Outside View

Sainte Famille in Mons. Inside View

In Mons

Actually, even if the Sisters and the Ursuline School are in another part of the city, the old bell tower continues to welcome proudly all the persons who come to Mons by train.


August, 2019

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