Announcement of the birthday in the "Messager de l’Amitié"

"Parish life

In this year of the Lord 2014 Mailly-le-Château will celebrate one of his children who still shines in our hearts today: fifty years ago, on April 9, 1964, Élise Bisschop died at the old Saint Germain military hospital of Auxerre. If her body, sick from birth, breathed its last, Elise's smile, a constant mark of her love for God and for her neighbor, remains alive in the hearts of those who knew her.

Élise was born on May 25, 1925 in Trucy-sur-Yonne. His parents passed on to him and his younger brother a living faith. The Bisschop arrived in Mailly-le-Château in 1931; there their faith left visible traces. There are three ways to evoke the memory of Elise. First among the people of her time: everyone remembers this girl who was still sick but who knew how to spread the goodness of God around her, even in the midst of great trials.

Then, the tender and luminous memory that she left in the hearts of the children of the catechism. While due to her very fragile health, she was never able to engage in professional work, Élise committed herself wholeheartedly to the parish.

Finally from her childhood and until the last times of her life, Élise composed poems and songs in which she sang the creation which recalls in us the Love of God. Parishioners may have had these poems in their hands. From these texts, a slideshow was produced which will be shown in this fiftieth year.

Joy entered my soul
With the beautiful secret of loving
And when my flame falls asleep in me
I smile to revive her.

Joyful Song, 1947"