Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
Chronology and other information
July 18: Elizabeth Catez's birth at
of Avor in the district of Farges-en-Septain
July 22: Baptism at the camp chapel.
Around May 10: family settles in Auxonne.
May 9: death of her grandmother, Mme.
at Saint- Hilaire.
Around November 1: another move; the
family goes to live in Dijon, on rue
February 20: birth of her sister Marguerite.
June 2: Captain Catez retires.
January 24: death of her grandfather,
Rolland, who was living in their home.
October 2: death of her father.
Shortly after: move to rue Prieur-de-la-Côte-d'Or,
near the Carmel.
During this year: first confession.
During this year: first French lessons
During this year or the preceding one:
on a trip in the south of France, Elizabeth
confides her religious vocation to
October: first enrollment at the Conservatory
April 19: First Communion at Saint-Michel.
June 8: Confirmation at Notre-Dame.
July 18: first prize in higher undamentals
of music at the Conservatory.
July 25: first prize at the piano.
August beginning of October: vacation
Gemeaux (Côte- d'Or) in the Vosges
Spring-Summer: private vow of perpetual
Interior call to Carmel.
July: at the Conservatory, the prize
excellence was taken away from her
(cf. L 7).
Vacation: in the south of France.
August 11: "My first poems."
January 11: certificate of merit for
at the Conservatory.
Vacation: in the Vosges, and at length
Vacation: in the south of France.
October: visit to Lourdes.
Vacation: in the Vosges (and perhaps
Vacation: in the south of France. Visit
Lourdes. Return by way of Marseille,
Annecy, and Geneva.
January 24 - 28: retreat preached by
January 30: begins the part of her
March 4: beginning of the mission preached
March 26: Mme. Catez agrees to let
enter Carmel when she reaches the age
April 2 (Easter): end of the mission
June 20: first visit to the parlor
Carmel (after her mother's consent).
Vacation: in the Jura, three weeks
(Fleurier), then in the Vosges.
During the year: reads [St. Thérèse
Histoire d'une Ame (Story of a Soul)
January 23 - 27: retreat preached by
First half of the year: first meeting
Père Vallée, O.P.
Vacation: in the south of France: Tarbes,
Biarritz, Lourdes, Carlipa. Then in
and in Paris.
August 2: enters Carmel.
October 9: Sister Germaine of Jesus
Prioress of the Carmel; she is also
November: eight-day community retreat
by Père Vergne, S.J.
December 5 - 7: three day retreat in
for her clothing.
December 8: clothing; Bishop Le Nordez
over the ceremony; sermon by Père Vallée.
May 9 - 17: "Cenacle" retreat:
annual days of silence between Ascension
October 7 - 14: community retreat preached
by Père Vallée.
October 15: marriage of her sister
to Georges Chevignard.
December 22: canonical examination.
spends several hours outside the enclosure
with her mother and sister.
January 1 -10: personal retreat in
for her profession.
January 11 (Epiphany Sunday): profession.
January 21: veiling.
Shortly after her profession: second
May 22 - 30: "Cenacle" days
March 11: birth of her first niece,
May 13 21: "Cenacle" days
September 26 October 5: personal retreat.
October 10: re-election of Mother Germaine
as Prioress; she remains Mistress of
November 12 - 20: community retreat
by Père Fages, O.P.
November 21: Elizabeth writes her prayer,
"O My God, Trinity Whom I Adore"
Lent (March 8 April 22): first symptoms
illness; dispensations from observance
April 19: birth of her second niece,
June 2 - 10: "Cenacle" days
Mid-August: Elizabeth, weakened, is
from her office as second portress.
October 9 - 18: personal retreat.
January 15 - 23: community retreat
by Père Rollin, S.J.
Before the end of March: Elizabeth
April 8: dying. Extreme Unction.
April 14: sudden improvement.
May 13: new, serious attack.
May 25 June 2: "Cenacle"
July 8 or 9: after having invoked Thérèse
of Lisieux, Elizabeth can again stand.
First half of August: Elizabeth writes
August 16 - 31: personal retreat. She
her Last Retreat.
Evening of October 30: she is confined
October 31: receives Extreme Unction
the second time.
November 1: last Communion.
November 9: death.
November 12: burial.
A Brief History of the Carmel of Dijon
The Carmel of Dijon was founded on
21, 1605. It was the third foundation
France after Paris (1604) and Pontoise
The foundress and first Prioress for
months (until her departure for the
in Brussels) was Venerable Mother Anne
Jesus, companion of Saint Teresa of
and spiritual daughter of Saint John
Cross, who wrote the commentary on
Canticle for her. It was at Dijon,
1, 1605, that the first French professed
nun, Marie of the Trinity, pronounced
Since the house, on rue Charbonnerie
rue de la Préfec-ture) was soon too
the Carmelites built a new monastery,
rue Sainte-Anne, which they occupied
The Sisters were dispersed into public
by the revolutionary laws of 1790.
In January 1866, however, the Carmelites
returned to Dijon, after an unsuccessful
attempt in Strasbourg. The foundress
then Mother Marie of the Trinity, Sub-Prioress
of the Carmel of rue de Messine in
They lived first in a little house,
built a new monastery on the adjoining
The blessing of the foundation-stone
place on July 25, 1868. It was this
4 boulevard Carnot, that Elizabeth
more than thirty years later.
For reasons of the greatest importance,
Sisters moved again on March 17, 1979,
order to settle into their new monastery
of Flavignerot, some eight miles southwest
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