Since the disappearance in June of Maria Giuseppa Robucci-Nargiso, a 116-year-old Italian, the title of "Dean of Europeans" has returned to Sister André, 115 years old.
Sister since 1944
Born Lucile Randon, Sister André has an elephant memory and is very fussy about her age. "Little example, do not be mistaken about her age.Yesterday I walked in the garden, there were people who were there, and I told them: 'It is our oldest who is 115.' told me: 'no no, I'm not 115 years old, I'm 115 years old and a half' indeed, since August 11, she is 115 years and a half, "says Sister Marie-Pierre, mother superior of EHPAD of Toulon, where Sister André has lived since 2009.
The oldest European has been in a retirement home since 1979. Before that, she had a busy life. Born in February 1904 in Alès, Gard, she lived in the First World War at the age of 10. For many years, Lucile Randon is a governess. After growing up in a non-believing family, she decided to join the orders in 1944, at the age of 41.
The oldest religious in the world
Today, Sister André almost does not see and moves in a wheelchair. However, the Dean wants to stay active. "She participates in the Mass every day, at 11 am In the evening she participates in this time of prayer that we have, followed by vespers She likes to be in the garden, she likes talking with people on that it is inexhaustible, "says Sister Marie-Pierre.
Not content with her title of Dean of Europeans, Sister André also received a rosary blessed by Pope Francis, since she is also the oldest of the nuns in the world.