Several religious congreagations were founded to help the poor. Clubs for young workers came into being; they provided works of charity and religious education for young workers.
It was in such a changing city that an encounter took place in 1864
between two people who were gripped by concern for the very poor: Etienne
Pernet and Antoinette
Fage. This encounter was to be decisive for the foundation of a religious
congregation with a special mission "among the poor, the workers and their
They build simple, friendly mutual relations
with those who have no voice or influence. They
commit themselves to them so that they can take
their lives in hand, grow in humanity and discover
their dignity as children of God.
They have it at heart to further communities of faith,
the fraternities, where each person can discover the
tenderness and mercy of the Father. They are invited to
see that they are part of the Church, the People of God.