The First Journey
On 17th November
1851, at 8 o’clock in the evening, the Missionaries were to leave for
Anvers, from where they were to embark. But the departure was delayed
for some days, to wait for favourable
weather. They did not set sail until 6th December
The Missionaries selected were:
* Mother St. Pauline (Marie
Rodet), 30 years
* Sr. St. Eudozie (Selanie
* Sr. St. Enthyme
(Julie Perrot), 24 years, a choir sister
* Sr. St Pulchere, an
English sister of almost the same age as
who showed talent and initiative
in the education
They took a Belgian Trading Ship "La Julie",
quite a beautiful sailing boat from Antwerp, Belgium.
During the long voyage, they studied English and
Malay. Unfortunately, on 13th March
1852, at sea near Christmas Island. Mother St. Pauline breathed her
On 17th March
1852, the Missionaries found themselves facing the Island of Sumatra and
the Island of Krakatua. They lowered the
anchor and later experienced a terrible storm. The boat only raised
anchor on 29th March
1852.They were only seven more miles to Singapore.
Upon arrival at Singapore, they were told that
the Vicar Apostolic, Bishop Boucho awaited
them in Penang. Thus, they had to leave, just on arrival. By then, one
Sister had left the Mission and another fell ill and was to remain an
invalid all her life.
On 4th April
1852, they set sail, once more for Penang. They embarked at 6p.m. on a
miserable little English boat of 300 tons, called “L’Edward
Marquard”. At 8 o’clock, they left the
harbour of Singapore.
They arrived at Penang on Monday, 12th April
1852. The sisters lived, at first, in an attap
roofed housed in Church Street ( in the
neighbourhood of the then Catholic Church ).
On 1 July 1852, they received 16 orphans, 9 boarders and 30 day pupils.
The children were to be raised and educated by the Sisters. The Sisters
taught during the day and sewed at night to raise money for food and