|About St. Emily
St. Emily was the oldest child of Baron James Augustine de Vialar and Antoinette, the daughter of Baron de Portal. St. Emily was born in 1797 and was given the name, Anne Margurerite Adelaide Emily de Vialar.
When Saint Emily was fifteen years old, she was taken out of school to be her father’s companion because her mother had died. Her father tried to arrange a marriage for Saint Emily which caused tension and discord between father and daughter.
Saint Emily Good Angel of Gaillac
Saint Emily acted as the Good Angel of Gaillac for fifteen years, caring for neglected children and doing charitable works for the poor. Saint Emily inherited a fortune from her grandfather in 1832 which she used to buy a house in Gaillac. Three companions joined her in the house and within three months others joined her.
The archbishop gave Saint Emily and her postulants a religious habit to wear and Saint Emily named them the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition. Saint Emily and the other sisters devoted themselves to the needy, the sick, and the education of the children. In 1835, Saint Emily de Vialar and seventeen other sisters were given formal approval for the convent.
Saint Emily de Vialar Foundress
Saint Emily saw her Congregation grow to forty houses within a twenty-two year period. Even though Saint Emily suffered from a hernia, she worked diligently alongside the other sisters for her entire life. She died from hernia complications on August 24, 1856.
Saint Emily de Vialar Canonized
Saint Emily was canonized in 1951. Many Catholics wear a Saint Emily medal in remembrance of this devoted saint. The Saint Emily pendant is a reminder to all Christians to love one another just as Saint Emily did. Saint Emily never failed to show her love for God and His followers. The Saint Emily medal is an ideal way for Catholics today to be reminded to live their faith in the same way.