Adele de Batz de Trenquelleón
“I will remember incessantly what I want to be” (Adele)
Adele’s life was a continuously ascending path to holiness, that is, from a very young age she tried to give herself to God by serving others.
Her own mother, writing to Fr. Chaminade after Adele’s death, says:
“… such a life must preach humility, without which there is no virtue, …” (Letter of January 20, 1828).
In 1965, in Agen, France, the diocesan process on her reputation for sanctity was opened.
In 1986 the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of the Saints recognized her heroic virtues and Adele was declared “Venerable”.
In November 2013 the Cause in the Diocese of Novara, Italy, was opened for the study of a cure obtained through Mother Adele’s intercession for our Sister Michela Messina; this healing took place in Pallanza, in the Diocese of Novara.
On June 12, 2014, the Diocesan Process in Verbania – Pallanza, Italy, was closed. From that moment the cause was introduced in the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints at the Vatican.
On September 23, 2014, in the Vatican, there was the Opening of the Seal of the Cause, with the Postulator, Fr. Antonio Gascón, SM, Sr. Saveria Longaretti, representing the Community of the General Administration, and Sr. Michela Messina herself in attendance.
On May 12, 2016, after various medical examinations, the Cause passed the Medical Consultation of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints satisfactorily.
On January 19, 2017, the Cause received the favorable vote of the Congress of Theologians, which means that the healing of Sister Michela meets all the conditions of a miracle: very serious/terminal disease, invocation of Mother Adele, rapid recovery, complete and lasting.
The Cause will now proceed to the Ordinary Congregation of Cardinals and Bishops, and if their vote is favorable, the request for the beatification of Mother Adele will be sent up to the Pope.
All this canonical process should be an occasion to intensify the prayer of the Marianist Family around our Foundress and to understand this miracle as a sign of the grace and love of God and of the Immaculate Virgin Mary for our religious Institutes in the celebration of the Bicentennial of our Foundations.
Adele was born on June 10, 1789, and this was a source of great joy for all the family and for the people of the region who appreciated the Trenquelléon family. She wasbaptized this very day in the church of Feugarolles. Throughout her life, Adele will celebrate the anniversary of her baptism. Adele discovered that from the day she wasbaptized, that something had been recorded inside her. All the baptized people engrave the face of God in their hearts. She discovered the treasure we all carry inside.
In 1797, she left for exile in Spain, with her mother and her brother Charles. In 1801, she made her First Communion in San Sebastian and the desire to be a Carmelite was born in her. In 1803, two years after her return in France, she did the Confirmation. From that moment, her desire to make Christ known and loved grew stronger. In 1799 Adele sister’s Désirée was born.
In 1804, she founded the “Little Association” whose spirit is very close to the Congregation founded by Father Chaminade in Bordeaux. Congregation to which the “Small Association” will be affiliated in 1808. A “dear project” will soon appear in the heart of Adele, which will become a reality when on May 25, 1816, in Agen, the Institute of the Daughters of Mary (Marianist Sisters). The purpose of the institute was the mission, beginning with the accompaniment of the members of the Congregation; then it will be divided into free classes, retreats, catechesis, various activities…
In short time new communities started: Tonneins (1820), Condom and Bordeaux (1824) and Arbois (1826). Adele died on the 10 January in 1828.
The French revolution began during the months of Adele’s life in the womb of Mrs Úrsula, her mother, and her father suffered the vicissitudes of France in the late eighteenth century.
The General Estatesmet in Versailles to discuss the grave crisis that was ravaging the nation. The Third State demanded justice and equality, while the privileged estates resisted the social, political and economic changes inspired by the Enlightenment and demanded by the evident reality of the State deficit and the hunger of people in countrysides and cities.
The development of the revolution, the dispossession of family property, exile, uprooting, poverty that surrounded the castle of Trenquelleón where she was born, as well as the proximity of death … led Adele to discover the precariousness of Life and the treasure of eternal values, to live in the castle with a free heart, without a sense of possession, like the pilgrim who dreams paths and goals, patiently prepares and waits for the moment of his departure to walk to reach and enjoy the goods desired.
In this reality, Adele was born, grew and heard the call of God. The profound experience of his love during her childhood making a dent in her soul, this reached in her adolescence and youth the depths of those who are seduced by Jesus, follow his footsteps illuminated by the light of the Spirit, strengthened by his Word, accompanied by his Presence.
This is Adele, a profound woman, seduced by God, whose spirituality is nourished by the Holy Spirit in prayer and the sacraments. Jesus, her great treasure, was the source of her joy and the motive of an enthusiasm capable of bringing together youth and adults in the Small Association to share faith, prayer and mission.
Adele’s natural leadership, influenced by the style of Jesus, had the appeal of the testimony of life, the friendship and affection of her letters, the dynamism she maintained in her meetings and apostolic journeys by the peoples of the Agen.
The restlessness of Adele’s heart in her search for God, her desire to progress in the interior life and Providence enriched her with the spirit of the Marian Congregations of Father Chaminade in Bordeaux. Therefore, little by little, the love of God became Project, “Her beloved Project” of consecrated life in community and in alliance with Mary, given to the service of the Gospel.