Mother St. Croix Vidal
“Our congregation embraces all works of zeal and all branches of society but it is the poor who are the special objects of our concern.” (Mother St. Croix Vidal, 1875)
Eulalie Vidal was born August 25, 1815, in Meyrueis, Lozere, in the south of France. Eulalie, with her sister, had been involved in education directing a boarding school in Béziers. She brought her talent for education to the Institute, becoming the directress of the first boarding school. Mother St. Croix was part of the founding group of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary.
On May 1, 1869, in the presence of the founder, Mother St. Croix was elected second General Superior of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. She was known for her many visits and correspondence to communities and individuals. During her time as General Superior, the Institute opened its first house outside of France in Lisburn, Northern Ireland in 1870, followed by foundations in Porto, Portugal, in 1871; in Liverpool, England, in 1872; and Sag Harbor, New York, in 1877. Her energies were directed toward establishing these new foundations on a solid basis. The Institute was given its first pontifical recognition during her time in office. Mother St. Croix died September 4, 1878.