Elisabeth Leseur

1861
March 22

Birth of Felix Leseur

Born in Reims, France.
1866
October 16

Birth of Pauline Elisabeth Arrighi

Elisabeth is born in Paris, France, the first child of Antoine and Marie-Laure Arrighi.
1879
May 15

First Holy Communion

Elisabeth was confirmed the next day, consistent with the tradition of the time.
1887
June 1

Elisabeth and Felix Meet

Elisabeth and Felix are introduced at the home of mutual friends.  The date of this first meeting is not known.
1889
May 23

Engagement

July 31

Marriage

December 1

First Illness

Shortly after her marriage, Elisabeth falls ill from an intestinal abscess.  She never fully recovers from this illness.
1896
June 1

Low Point in her Catholic Faith

After years of exposure to Felix’s constant criticisms of Catholicism, she abandons her faith.
1898
June 1

Elisabeth Returns to the Faith

Sometime in 1898, Felix suggested Elisabeth read Ernest Renan’s Origines du Christianisme.  Instead, she selected Renan’s La Vie de Jésus. Rejecting its central tenets, Elisabeth’s formulation of cogent rebuttals reawakened her study of the Bible and of Catholic writing through the ages. 
1901
June 1

Second Health Crisis

In 1901, Elisabeth’s liver problems emerge.  This chronic condition would plague her for the rest of her life.
1903
March 1

Elisabeth’s Spiritual Director

In 1903, Elisabeth first met Father R.P. Hebert, O.P.  Father Hebert would become her confessor and spiritual director.
April 11

Consecrates Life to God

Elisabeth and Felix travel to Rome for Holy Week, and have an audience with Pope Leo XIII.  This marks a powerful transformative event in Elisabeth’s faith.
1905
October 1

Elisabeth’s Sister Juliette Dies

Elisabeth was especially close to this sister, and her death from tuberculosis at the age of 32 is a source of tremendous grief.
1907
October 11

Liver Problems Become Acute

Elisabeth’s poor health begin to seriously limit her public activity; occasionally keeping her homebound for months at a time.
1910
June 1

Meets Sœur Marie Goby, a Hospitaller Sister of Saint Martha of Beaune

While Sister Goby and Elisabeth meet in person only a few times, their exchange of correspondence over the years illuminates a broad-ranging and spiritually profound connection.
1911
April 10

Breast Cancer Surgery

1912
June 1

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Accompanied by Felix, and despite her poor health, Elisabeth made a pilgrimage to Lourdes.
1913
March 1

Breast Cancer Recurs

Elisabeth’s breast cancer returns.  By July, it was clear that it would claim her life.
1914
May 3

Elisabeth Dies

1917
April 1

Spiritual Journal Published

After Elisabeth’s death, Felix discovered the private spiritual journals Elisabeth had been keeping. Felix first sought to destroy them. However, after his own spiritual transformation, he decided instead to share them with the world.  The first publication was entitled Journal et penées de chaque jour.
1919
June 1

Felix Enters the Novitiate

Felix first enters the Dominican order as a Novitiate.
1923
July 8

Felix is Ordained to the Priesthood

1932
June 1

Elisabeth’s Body Moved

Elisabeth’s body was moved to a cemetery on the outskirts of Paris. She was reinterred among deceased Dominican sisters.
1936
April 8

Cause for Canonization Opened

1950
February 27

Felix Leseur Dies

1990
June 1

Cause for Canonization Reopened