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The church of Saint Julie is located in the convent of the Sisters of Notre-Dame de Namur.
This church was destroyed during the bombardments of 1940 and 1944. It was rebuilt in a modernised Romanesque style.
It receives the visit of those who seek a moment of prayer and rest before the shrine of Saint Julie Billiart, founder of the Sisters of Notre-Dame de Namur.
Located in the church, the Heritage Centre of this sister congregation also offers a space for reflection and conversation about the life and spirituality of Julie.
This centre preserves the history of the sister congregation, a teaching monastic community, which has fortresses on all continents.
Her founder, Saint Julie Billiart, dedicated her life to education by establishing free schools for young girls who were less fortunate.
This exhibition was conceived in a very modern way to arouse the emotion and interest of the visitors: videos, photos, memories of the beginning and the expansion all over the world of the Congregation, testimonies.
Young and old will be happy to discover this saint from our regions: a woman with a strong character who, just after the French Revolution, worked to create a better world.
A pure Gothic work of art, the shrine of Saint Julie Billiart was executed by Mr. Dehin's workshops in Liège on the occasion of Julie's beatification on May 13, 1906. The shrine is made of fine gold plated copper and contrasting reliefs in silver plated copper. On each façade, there are scenes from Julie's life. On the base, we can read in Latin: Body of Blessed Julie Billiart, that Pope Pius X, the III of the Ides of May 1906, among the celestial (blessed) placed, by Thomas Louis Heylen, Bishop of Namur, the V of the Ides of April (April 9) of the same year, deposited in this shrine.
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This statue in white Carrara marble was made with great finesse by the Italian sculptor Tripisciano on the occasion of the beatification of Julie Billiart (1906). It was placed in 1907 in the chapel of the garden of the Sisters of Notre-Dame de Namur where Julie Billiart was buried. In 2012, when the Sisters' Heritage Centre was created, the statue was moved to the convent church
De style néo-gothique, ce très bel autel en chêne semble sorti d’un même atelier, celui de François de Tombay, sculpteur né à Liège (1808-1872). Seule la Vierge porte une signature sur son socle : «Fçois De Tombay, sculpteur 1854». L’autel renferme les reliques des saints martyrs : saint Amand et saint Clément. Des statuettes en chêne de grands fondateurs d’ordres évoquent la vie de l’Eglise où s’insère l’œuvre de Julie Billiart : saint Ignace, saint Augustin, saint Grégoire le Grand, saint François de Sales, saint Norbert et saint Vincent de Paul. A l’origine, cet autel en bois fut installé dans la chapelle du jardin des Sœurs de Notre-Dame de Namur. Après la béatification de Julie en 1906, la châsse contenant les restes de la bienheureuse fut placée sous l’autel. C’est en 2012 que l’autel fut déplacé dans l’église Sainte-Julie.
The church of the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Namur was destroyed after the bombings of 1940 and 1944. Mr Rossomme, an architect from Namur, was in charge of the plans for the rebuilding of the congregation's mother house. He drew up the plan for the new church, which was soon to be built on the site of the old one. The contractor was Mr. Henry, Rhodius-Deville. Work began in February 1950. The church was rebuilt in a kind of modernised Romanesque style; hence the use of the semicircular arch for the vault. The church was consecrated on August 2, 1951.
The Heritage Centre was built in 2012 in the nave of the Sainte-Julie church. It preserves the history of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre-Dame de Namur through writings, symbols, photos and images from its foundation to the present day. Four themes are developed: the story of Saint Julie and Françoise Blin de Bourdon, founders of the congregation; the expansion of the congregation, the mission and ministries of the sisters and the spirituality of Saint Julie.
"In 1813, as a concession to the urgent requests of the co-founder, Mother Julie had promised an artist, the Lord Jacquin, to immortalise her face on canvas. Names and a few houses (the two foundations in Ghent and Gembloux) contain the originals, copies were made and spread over all houses. In the church the original from Ghent is exhibited, the one from Namur was burned during the bombardments in the 2nd World War.