Birth of Felix Leseur
Born in Reims, France.
Birth of Pauline Elisabeth Arrighi
Elisabeth is born in Paris, France, the first child of Antoine and Marie-Laure Arrighi.
Elisabeth’s Baptism at St. Roch
First Holy Communion
Elisabeth was confirmed the next day, consistent with the tradition of the time.
Elisabeth and Felix Meet
Elisabeth and Felix are introduced at the home of mutual friends. The date of this first meeting is not known.
Shortly after her marriage, Elisabeth falls ill from an intestinal abscess. She never fully recovers from this illness.
Low Point in her Catholic Faith
After years of exposure to Felix’s constant criticisms of Catholicism, she abandons her faith.
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.
Second Health Crisis
In 1901, Elisabeth’s liver problems emerge. This chronic condition would plague her for the rest of her life.
Elisabeth’s Spiritual Director
In 1903, Elisabeth first met Father R.P. Hebert, O.P. Father Hebert would become her confessor and spiritual director.
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.
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.
Liver Problems Become Acute
Elisabeth’s poor health begin to seriously limit her public activity; occasionally keeping her homebound for months at a time.
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.
Breast Cancer Surgery
Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Accompanied by Felix, and despite her poor health, Elisabeth made a pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Breast Cancer Recurs
Elisabeth’s breast cancer returns. By July, it was clear that it would claim her life.
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.
Felix Enters the Novitiate
Felix first enters the Dominican order as a Novitiate.
Felix is Ordained to the Priesthood
Elisabeth’s Body Moved
Elisabeth’s body was moved to a cemetery on the outskirts of Paris. She was reinterred among deceased Dominican sisters.
Cause for Canonization Opened
Felix Leseur Dies