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The Restoration (6)

6 – The Ursulines, 1795-1900

The Ursulines who had survived stood up and continued to go forward, as they did unceasingly. They created schools in Belgium.
On June 7, 1795, the Ursuline School as transferred to rue Delsaux.
In May, 1796, classes were opened in rue des Viviers.
In 1804, their institution was found in rue des Glatignies.
In 1818, the Ursulines took hold of a building in rue du Petit Fossart.
In 1819, they settled down in the Brigittine Convent.
In 1822, they settled down in the former Refuge de Fontenelle, rue de Cambrai (now rue de Famars).

In 1845, as their building was then too small, the Ursulines chose the former Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Saulve, then in ruins, with 5 ha. of pastures, an orchard, a thicket, grass lawns, and flower beds.
A new building, consisting of three wings in U form, was erected, and completed by a Chapel in Gothic style.
In 1859, the town’s school was entrusted to the Ursulines. They stayed there until 1901.

« The Entrance Porch of the Convent, an unharmed remnant of the Abbey »
In 1894, they celebrated the centenial anniversary of the martyrdom of the 11 Ursulines of Valenciennes.
Monsignor Sonnois ordered then the beginning of formalities for their beatification.
Attempts were also made to find the place where they had been buried.

The Restoration (6)

9 avril 2019

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