Henriette Delille: Founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family
Henriette Delille was the founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family.
Delille was born a free woman of color in New Orleans in 1813.
In 1835, Delille sold all of her property hoping to build a community of Black nuns to teach in a school for free girls of color.
After several failed attempts, Delille and Gaudin received permission from the diocese to begin a new religious order.
Delille also made it possible for the order to build a home for the sick, aged, and poor Black residents of the city.