Claudia Koll Leseur

Claudia Koll reads Elisabetta Leseur

In a recent article on the Order’s website, Br Llewellyn Muscat presented the life of Elisabetta Leseur, a lay Dominican whose amazing, intense life led to her husband’s conversion to Christianity.

It is the figure of this woman that will be the subject of the second meeting in Rome in the context of “Portraits of the Saints”, a short cycle of readings to inspire meditation before Easter, devoted to holiness and entrusted to the voices of actors. These meeti9mgs will be held in the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria (Via XX Settembre 17, Rome) and based on the writings of Fr Antonio Maria Sicari,, a Carmelite theologian, author of more than 100 biographies of Saints of yesterday and today.

At the second meetings, on Monday 3 April at 9 p.m., the director and actor Claudia Koll will read the life of di Elisabetta Leseur  (1866 –  1914), a wife who was in love with God and with her unbelieving husband. At intervals there will be music played by the Young Students of the Civica Scuola delle Arti.

Elisabetta Leseur was born on 16 October 1866 in Paris, to a Christian family. On 31 July 1889 she married Felice Leseur, son of a procurator of the Law Court of Rheims, ardently anticlerical, who provoked a profound crisis of faith in his wife, from which she emerged with renewed faith. The spiritual diary she kept was made known to her husband only after her death. From March 1903 she was under the spiritual direction of the Dominican Br Giuseppe Hébert. On 22 April that year she gave herself to God at St Peter’s, Rome, to witness “charity and light” in her worldly environment and also in the physical and moral sufferings that struck her in person. From 1907 illness forced her to live almost as a recluse, apart from a pilgrimage to Lourdes in June 1912. She died on 3 May 1914. In the years that were among the hardest for the Church in France she witnessed to an enlightened, active faith, based entirely on prayer, which inspired all she did; at the same time, she showed that even a worldly woman, inspired by grace, can reach the pinnacle of Christian perfection. When, after her death, her husband read her spiritual diary, he was deeply shaken by it, and in 1915 returned to the faith. In 1955 the trial for beatification was opened fro the Servant of God Elisabetta Leseur.

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In a recent article on the Order’s website, Br Llewellyn Muscat presented the life of Elisabetta Leseur, a lay Dominican whose amazing, intense life led to her husband’s conversion to Christianity. It is the figure of this woman that will be the subject of the second meeting in Rome in...
In a <a href="http://www.op.org/en/content/elisabeth-leseur-unique-path-holiness" target="_blank">recent article on the Order’s website</a>, Br Llewellyn Muscat presented the life of Elisabetta Leseur, a lay Dominican whose amazing, intense life led to her husband’s conversion to Christianity. It is the figure of this woman that will be the subject of the second meeting in Rome in the context of “Portraits of the Saints”, a short cycle of readings to inspire meditation before Easter, devoted to holiness and entrusted to the voices of actors. These meeti9mgs will be held in the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria (Via XX Settembre 17, Rome) and based on the writings of Fr Antonio Maria Sicari,, a Carmelite theologian, author of more than 100 biographies of Saints of yesterday and today. At the second meetings, on Monday 3 April at 9 p.m., the director and actor Claudia Koll will read the life of di Elisabetta Leseur  (1866 –  1914), a wife who was in love with God and with her unbelieving husband. At intervals there will be music played by the Young Students of the Civica Scuola delle Arti. Elisabetta Leseur was born on 16 October 1866 in Paris, to a Christian family. On 31 July 1889 she married Felice Leseur, son of a procurator of the Law Court of Rheims, ardently anticlerical, who provoked a profound crisis of faith in his wife, from which she emerged with renewed faith. The spiritual diary she kept was made known to her husband only after her death. From March 1903 she was under the spiritual direction of the Dominican Br Giuseppe Hébert. On 22 April that year she gave herself to God at St Peter’s, Rome, to witness “charity and light” in her worldly environment and also in the physical and moral sufferings that struck her in person. From 1907 illness forced her to live almost as a recluse, apart from a pilgrimage to Lourdes in June 1912. She died on 3 May 1914. In the years that were among the hardest for the Church in France she witnessed to an enlightened, active faith, based entirely on prayer, which inspired all she did; at the same time, she showed that even a worldly woman, inspired by grace, can reach the pinnacle of Christian perfection. When, after her death, her husband read her spiritual diary, he was deeply shaken by it, and in 1915 returned to the faith. In 1955 the trial for beatification was opened fro the Servant of God Elisabetta Leseur.

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