Sister André, the oldest person in Europe, turns 116
Toulon - Born February 11, 1904, of France: Sister André, Lucile Randon (legal name), celebrated her 116 birthday on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2020 in Toulon, in the retirement home where she has lived since 2009.
She attends Holy Mass everyday with her religious order, the same of St. Catherine de Laboure which is called the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul,the same Sisters serving at the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican for 98 years.
During this little ceremony, children sang religious songs around Sister André, now blind, was seated in her wheelchair.
"I saw beautiful things, and I saw very sad things. Children who were abandoned because there was nothing to feed them, and children who were taken in by families. It "was also very beautiful to see. Beautiful things happened, sad things happened too," said Randon to reporters.
Her best memory? The end of the First World War, "when my two brothers returned. It was rare, in families, there were rather two dead than two alive. They both returned."
Born in Alès (Gard), in a non-practicing Protestant family, the only girl surrounded by three brothers, Sister André was governess in several families, in Paris and in the provinces. She was baptized at 26 but entered orders relatively late, at 41, in the company of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. Assigned to a hospital in Vichy (Allier), she stayed there for 31 years, before leaving for Savoy.
She spent 30 years in an establishment for the elderly (Ehpad) in the commune of Le Marche, in Savoie, before settling in a Toulon establishment. Sister André had four grand-nephews and many great grand-nephews.
Congratulated by the mayor (LR) of Toulon Hubert Falco, who told her that she was "the dean of the French and the French", Sister André replied that she was even "the dean of Europe". No official body awards the "title" of Dean of France.
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