Anna du Rousier was born on 20 December 1806 in Poitou, France. Desiring to be a missionary, she entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1821, at the age of 17. In 1853, along with two RSCJ, she was sent by Madeleine Sophie Barat to found the Society in Chile. After 27 years of work in Chile, Anna died on 28 January 1880, in Santiago, at the age of 74. In her last conference to the religious, she said: “Let us think of nothing other than glorifying the Heart of Jesus, in loving it. This is the whole reason for our being. What a consolation it is to think that whatever we do, has nothing other than this as its end. Become holy, my sisters, become holy: you should have no other preoccupation”.
Two women of vision and courage stand at the origin of our Congregation, women who lived in response to the Spirit, attentive to the needs of the time, open to the challenges of the future.