In any event, with Madeleine gone, Pierre’s sister offered to take Catherine and her sister Marie Antoinette. The two siblings therefore relocated to the home of their aunt in the village of Saint-Rémy, just a few miles from Fain-lès-Moutiers. As a child, Catherine was said to have been exceptionally religious.
And when the pious Catherine returned to her father’s house in January 1818 at the age of 11, within a few weeks she had taken her first communion at the nearby Moutiers-Saint Jean church. The day of her first communion was the feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul.
That day is also remembered by the followers of Saint Vincent de Paul as the birth of the Vincentian movement, a religious order devoted to helping the poor. And as we shall see, this religious organization was to have a deep significance during Catherine’s adult life.