What do we know about this Monastery in Dieppe, cradle of our Holy Order ?
We know that Brothers and Sisters prayed the canonical Hours together, nights as days, in an oratory, and that the Sisters made their solemn Profession of Vows of religion and of service to the poors, under the Rule of St. Augustine.
Our Sisters at Dieppe, as well as the St. Augustine Hermit Brothers, welcomed poor and sick people in the Hospital of this city. They could qlso be seen going to troglodyte dwellings in the cliffs and the in hovels in of the city, to comfort and care for them.
Their poverty was great : they went to the port to beg for fish for all the people in their care.
In 1562, Calvinists sacked Dieppe, destroyed the Hospital, burnt the most important papers and chased out the religiouses. These latter took refuge with the Canonesses of St. Augustine in Pontoise, where they remained for a year. Their possessions were returned to them by Catherine de Médicis and the nuns went back to Dieppe.
The Council of Trent was ongoing. Attention was given to on reforming religious orders, which were advised to observe a rigorous cloistered life. With the help of the Canonesses in Rennes, the sisters of Dieppe implemented the Council’s advice, writing a new Constitutions. We still possess writings, which, printed in 1631, remained our Book of Life until 1931.