Soeur Saint Modest
1812 - 1886
Born: Rose Jeantet
Rose Jaentet was born in Béziers on April 30, 1812. Her parents were poor and, from an early age, she needed to work. She became a housemaid. She later found a secure confessor and spiritual director in Father Gailhac.
Father Gailhac’s need to find trustworthy people for the Refuge of the Good Shepherd prompted a ready response in Rose. She left her job to work at the Refuge. She looked after certain parts of the house and did other types of work as well. She was always ready to help out wherever she was needed and could always be counted on. When funds were low, she would ask for alms both in the city and on the outskirts of Béziers. Many people kew her: she and her donkey, laden with a great variety of donations, were a familiar sight. Her constant attentiveness to the general needs of the institution, her unlimited spirit of sacrifice, her great devotedness and humility, and her rich interior life were the hallmark of her exceptional contribution to the continuation of the Refuge.
When Father Gailhac invited her to be part of the congregation he wished to found, Rose answered affirmatively and enthusiastically. The fact that there would be a waiting period before the actual founding of the congregation did not discourage her. On the contrary, she considered it an opportunity to deepen her love for the girls of the Refuge.
A Journey in Faith and Time
History of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary Vol 1.
Sr. Rosa do Carmo Sampaio, RSHM