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GUERIN Isidore

Born in St Denis sur Sarthon (Orne) to Isidore Guérin and Louise-Jeanne Macé, who had 3 children: Marie-Louise, Azélie (known as Zélie) and him, Isidore. After studying pharmacy in Paris, he obtained his 1st class pharmacist diploma in 1866 and moved to Lisieux, buying the Fournets' pharmacy, whose daughter, Céline, he married. Jeanne and Marie will be born from this marriage, followed by a stillborn son, Paul. On the death of Mrs. Martin, his sister Zélie, he was appointed surrogate-guardian of his nieces, and moved the Martin family to Les Buissonnets in Lisieux. He takes the place of father to his nieces from the time of the illness of Mr Martin who will live his last years with the Guérins. A militant Christian, he founded the work of nocturnal adoration in Lisieux. He actively collaborates with the Catholic monarchist newspaper "Le Normand". Mr Guérin will play an important role in the publication of the Story of a Soul. His old age will be overshadowed by the death of his wife in 1900 and of his daughter Marie, a Carmelite, in 1905.

Read here the study by Brother Marc Fortin, ocd, on Isidore Guérin

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