Allocution Pronounced on June 1, 1915
Monsignor Zucchetti, Archbishop of
At the Funeral of Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey
My Dear Daughters of Charity,
In His adorable provisions, it so pleases God to take from us, one after the other, those souls most dear to our love and our veneration.
It is only a filial complaint directed to His fatherly kindness, by us, who are so saddened by the departure from this world of so many people, whose presence in our midst was a token of His blessings, an appeal to His love and a comforting example of supernatural life.
These departures, for some time now, are succeeding one another quickly in Smyrna: man and women servants of God, priests, as well as religious, are saying “goodbye” to us after such a great and long service rendered to the Church, to young people, as well as to the ministry of souls and to suffering humanity.
Today, it is the turn of the one that, by your tears, you would like to make live again, in order to see her again in her capacity as the superior of the French Hospital, of her school and of her model sewing workshop – active, energetic, generous, giving of herself and not sparing herself to help everybody, but especially the indigent and the miserable. An abundantly provided soul with natural and supernatural talents, combining with the nobility of a great French family, the enthusiasm and resources of an inexhaustible heart, the admirable Sister Adele Louise Marie de Mandat-Grancey, during a stay in Smyrna that lasted 30 years, has been among us the type of strong woman depicted in Scripture, the true daughter of charity, providence of the poor, consolation of the afflicted, support of socially outcast and uncomplaining poor families, refuge and savior of young people exposed to worldly danger and seductions.