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Louise Sullivan D.C.


An overview of the life of Louise de Marillac is presented to show what influenced her as a leader. Her suffering and her desire to be united with the suffering Jesus provided the impetus for her works to relieve the pain of others. Her education, her organizational abilities, and the essential skills and attributes of her leadership are described. She was responsible for the formation of the Daughters of Charity and managed to bridge the social gap between the wealthy Ladies of Charity and the peasant Daughters who assisted them. She was also a good negotiator with civil and ecclesiastical authorities.