After the French Era, conventuals and monks came back: the sisters 'under the Arches' (1837), the
friars of the Beyart (1840), the Jesuits (1852), etc. They were prominently present in the
schools and in the hospitals. They organized many processions, Maria congresses and
'Heiligdomsvaarten' (solemn city processions every seventh year).
Maastricht people went to church every day and became members of brotherhoods like those of
Maria 'Star of the Sea'. Children were innocent until the seventh year of life, reaching then
the 'age of discretion'. They received Holy Communion for the first time, and became members
of the church militant.
The reports about apparitions of Mary at Lourdes, Fatima and Banneux moved many people.
The devotion for Saint Therese of Lisieux was everywhere: everyone appreciated her Little Way to
The holy little father of Hasselt, father Valentine Paquay, gave a typical example of
nineteenth century local sanctity. He considered himself of no value, continued to pray and fast,
completed his tasks in punctual obedience, with gladness and unrestrained devotion. He spent
many hours as a confessor in the confessional box, called everyone 'my little child' and saw
through the souls. Then happened what he didn't seek: everyone went to him to find relief, even
now, a hundred years after his death.