Friday, 19 June 2020
Euphrasie Barbier, known in religious life as Marie du Coeur de Jesus, was born on the 4th of January 1829, in Caen, France. The family had a strong faith and her parents instilled into their young family the values of honesty and hard work.When Euphrasie was a young adult the church in France was strong and vibrant with many new congregations being founded to work in France with the growing numbers of poor people or to work overseas in the colonies of the different European imperial powers. At this time Euphrasie was inspired by a Bishop preaching on his experiences in the mission fields. She yearned to be a foreign missionary.
In December 1861 Euphrasie Barbier founded a new congregation, Institute de Notre Dame des Missions, in Lyon, with the express, but not exclusive, aim of working in the foreign missions. The first foreign missionaries, all French, left France in late October 1864 for New Zealand where within the year they were busy teaching children of the European settlers and young Maori girls. Life was not easy for the young foundress. In spite of difficulties the congregation flourished and allowed the establishment of new foundations.
Small and slight, but with boundless energy, Euphrasie was familiarly known as “the little Mother”. Despite her health having been undermined by privations and illness, she had great enthusiasm for life. She made regular but arduous trips to the communities she had established in France, England, the Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Asia.
According to Lynley, it all started with a sketch in her scrapbook of a small hairy dog with pointy ears. ... And since winning the prestigious Esther Glen Award with Eve Sutton for the classic picture book My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes in 1975, Lynley has gone on to write more than 30 picture books.Dame Lynley Stuart Dodd DNZM born 5 July 1941 is a New Zealand children's book author and illustrator. She is best known for her "Hairy Maclary and Friends" series, and its follow-ups, all of which feature animals with rhyming names and have sold over five million copies worldwide.Hairy Maclary and Friends is a series of children's picture books created by New Zealand author and illustrator Dame Lynley Dodd. The popular series has sold over five million copies worldwide. The character Hairy Maclary made his first appearance in 1983 in the book titled Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy.Children ages 3-9 will love this book along with animal lovers of all ages. I discovered the Hairy Maclary books a couple of weeks ago.