Biography of Sr. Adela du Sacre Coeur, SND

Sr. Adela du Sacre Coeur, SND
Emmanuel College President (1919/1920-1922)

Sr. Adela du Sacre Coeur was born Adele Mare Gils to Charlotte A. Marchant and Gustane Giles on October 16, 1860 in Vaux et Borset, Province of Liege, Belgium. Sr. Adela entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Congregation in 1880 and came to theAdela Du Sacre Coeur (Adele Mare Gils), SND, College President, Unknown Date United States in 1884 where she served in a variety of roles that included French teacher and Mistress of Novices. She served as a superior at North Capital and K Street Convent (Washington D.C.), Rittenhouse Square (Philadelphia, PA) and Emmanuel College where she also served as College President. In addition, Sr. Adela helped direct the Tabernacle Society, an organization of lay women who created linens and vestments for priests. In 1922, she was appointed Provincial of the Cincinnati Province where she oversaw the construction of Villa Julienne (Dayton, OH) and the establishment of several convents. In 1928, Sr. Adela returned to Namur where she was elected General Counsellor to the Mother General and aided in the operation of the entire Congregation. Sr. Adela du Sacre Coeur died on November 1, 1937 at Namur Belgium.