June 30, 1849, Pius
IX, exiled in Gaëte at that time, concurs with the suggestion
of the General of the Precious Blood Society: extend to the whole
world the Feast of the Precious Blood if he were granted to return
On that very day, which
was the vigil of the first Sunday in July, the Revolutionary forces
capitulated and the Forces defending the Holy See took over the
In thanksgiving, Pius
IX published a decree requesting that the glorious feast of Our
Redemption be celebrated throughout the whole world.
Daughter of Joseph Caouette, blacksmith,
and of Marguerite Olivier, Aurelia was born in 1833, on the 11th
of July, the month dedicated to the Precious Blood. Was this not
a harbinger of her life's great passion ?
In 1849, the year the Feast of the Precious
Blood was decreed, young Aurelia was called upon to play the role
of Catherine of Alexandria, in a play staged for the Awards Ceremony
at the Convent of the Congregation of Notre-Dame where she studied.
On that occasion, she was consumed with fervor for the Blood of
Christ. That was the beginning of a great endeavour.
She experienced a burning desire: to draw
all hearts and give them all to Jesus. Although she
had joined the Third Order of St Dominic on August 30, 1854, and
had joined the Precious
Blood Fraternity on March 21,1858, these could not assuage her insatiable
need for prayer and penance.
With the help of Mgr Sabin Raymond and Mgr
Joseph LaRocque, enlightened by Mgr
Bourget and encouraged by Mr. Nercam, pss, a new religious community
could be established in St-Hyacinthe, the first in Canada given
to contemplative living.
On September 14,1861, Feast of the Glorious
Cross, Aurelia's wish came true: a new religious family was created
in the humble home of the Caouette family.
Her first companions: Sophie Raymond, Elizabeth
Hamilton, and Euphrasie Caouette.