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Father Barré was born in Amiens, France on 21st October 1621. At the age of 18, he joined the order of Minims. He became a renowned preacher and educator.
17th century France was in dire need of education. The poor were neglected, exploited and illiterate.
Father Barré responded to their plight. In 1662, he gathered a group of dedicated young women to educate the poor, especially the girls, in free schools which he established.
This marked the beginning of the Institute of the Sisters of the Holy Infant Jesus and the I.J. Convent schools.
Father Barré died in France on 31 May 1686.