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The History of the Little Sisters of the Assumption
In France, the 19th Century saw the beginning of industrialization. This economic and industrial development took place in a manner that was harmful to human lives. The working class population increased in cities and this concentration of people brought about poverty and misery.

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 families."