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Published on July 9, 2007

Author: ranetteodn



ODN means Ordinis Dominae Nostrae, or Order of Our Lady.

400 Years of Walking with Mary Our Lady

The journey started in 1607 when St. Jeanne de Lestonnac founded the Order in Bordeaux, the famous wine region in the south of France . Canonized by Pope Pius XII 15 May 1949

1556 marked the birth of Jeanne de Lestonnac in Bordeaux, France , the first born of a very influential family of the city.

At the age of 17 Jeanne got married and became a mother to 7 children… … two of whom later became ODN sisters themselves . Lestonnac Eyquem de Montaigne - Monferrant

After 24 years her husband died and so Jeanne, alone and on her own, looked into the education of her children and administered their family’s vast estate.

It was at this time that she felt again the call she heard in her youth: “ Do not let the flame I have enkindled in your heart to serve Me be extinguished…” Actual ruins of Landiras Castle Actual ruins of Landiras Castle

With her children grown up, Jeanne de Lestonnac, the favorite niece of the essayist Michael de Montaigne , entered the Cistercian Monastery in Toulouse at 46 years old. She must seek other paths...

After 6 months of a challenging initiation, her desires to follow this life grew but her physical health weakened. She must leave. While praying to the Holy Spirit to shed light in her darkness, she experienced an inner vision indicating the next step she was to take.

On April 7, 1607 when Jeanne was 50 years old, Pope Paul V approved the foundation of the Order of the Company of Mary Our Lady. ...and the Company of Mary was born

Jeanne died at the age of 84 , leaving behind 30 monasteries throughout France. For more than 300 years these monasteries existed as independent communities. It was only in 1956 that the Company became definitively one global family of ODN sisters. Cataluña, Spain

Europe Asia Africa North America Latin America Sisters of the Company of Mary (ODN) in the World

bridging cultures...


… serving in a way that is always new as educators of faith that blossoms in works of justice C atholic C enter C ampus M inistry Youth

… accompanying the youth in their search for meaning in life Urban Camp 2006 - Tambo Urban Camp 2006 – Tambo, Macasandig Catholic Center Campus Ministry - Iligan Niña Maria Learning Center - Tambo, Macasandig Lestonnac Youth Center

The Company of Mary is characterized by its universality and dynamism, adapting and responding to the new needs of each period of history through its service of education.

… of God’s Faithfulness … of Evangelizing Passion … of Service in the Church Santiago de Compostela, Galicia - Spain General Team & Provincial Superiors Four centuries ODN Sisters ( O rdinis D ominae N ostrae) 1607-2007

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