Women, how can you get the gifts that God has given you to bear fruit?

On the occasion of the publication of her book “Filles de Roi” (Artège), Aleteia met Gwenaëlle Foillard. The founder of the “Filles de Roi” Congress shares her vision of women as well as advice so that every woman dares to develop her talents to achieve their full potential.

At age 41, Gwenaëlle Foillard has a fighting spirit. Married, mother of five children, she is an entrepreneur at heart. She started three companies, the first when she was 23. His faith life is an intimate and living relationship with the Father. From this sonly relationship “Filles de Roi” was born. She invites women to make sense of their lives by using their talents, not to be afraid to take on, to look far ahead, to succeed in their lives.

Aleteia: What are the most important stages of your career?
Gwenaelle Foillard : I’m married, my husband is a psychiatrist, we have 5 children. We are currently living in Toulon because of our mission. We used to be in the Paris region and in Normandy. I have set up three companies, by which I want to express that I am involved in the city. That is not the case for all women, but I think this commitment is important. My faith life is fundamental, my first memories go back to the age of 4 in the mouthpiece of my parents’ house. I have always loved God. In spite of my weaknesses, my faults, my faults, the Lord has always been very present to me.

Why did you find “Filles de Rois”?
I have always loved the Father, I am the Father’s beloved daughter. So I have inherited the Heaven that belongs to us! The “Daughters of the King” congresses were born of this sonly love. Around the age of 20, I met Christ more than the Holy Spirit. This Trinitarian love is very important. And of course the Virgin Mary too.

Woman is woman, wife and mother. The king’s daughter is an orange – a woman who loves prayer – and a fighter.

I had questions about the place of women in all areas of society and also about the calling of women as daughters, wives and mothers. What is fundamental to me is prayer. In a chapel in Normandy, we had started with a group of women to meet and pray together. We thought about joining a group of mother prayers because it is a very beautiful movement, but it was given to us in prayer to approach a dimension that is broader than the “mother” aspect. “Filles de Roi” responds to this: woman is woman, wife and mother. The king’s daughter is an orange – a woman who loves prayer – and a fighter.

How are the “Filles de Roi” congresses going?
The congresses last three days with three highlights. The first evening is on the theme ‘Woman, get up’. The idea is that every woman should come and hand over all her sins and all her weaknesses, along with Mary Magdalene, at the foot of the cross. We saw many healings given the first night.

So on the second day, the theme is ‘Woman, reveal yourself’. Once the woman is up, she can give of herself, reveal herself and give her talents to the world. The day ends with the guard of the seven mountains of influence, these are the seven areas where women are invited to participate, namely: church, family and education, health and social, politics, media, art and culture and finally business, management and innovation. Every woman can recognize herself in one or more mountains of influence. The women are called and the workers pray for these women to come forward.

The biggest obstacle is the fraudster syndrome.

The third and final day is the theme ‘Woman, Arise’. It is about the theme of prayer, about meditation, so that the woman can trust the Lord, for her and for her mission. Pius XII said that “woman is the crown of Creation and its masterpiece”, so it is important that women have times of intimacy with the Lord. During the congresses, certain specific themes are discussed: women’s place in the church, feminism (its good and bad things), there is also a course for women who have children in Sky.

What advice do you give women to identify and develop their gifts?
I see two things. First, spend more time in prayer and worship because the Lord reveals us to ourselves. He knows us better than ourselves! The other thing is not to be afraid to be authentic and follow your dreams. Everything is possible, it’s never too late. We can accomplish anything and everything is good from the moment love is there.


What obstacles have you most often identified for women to carry out their mission?
The biggest obstacle is the fraudster syndrome. It’s an impressive brake, and one that comes up often. Working in society is a brake on community life. Edith Stein also talks a lot about it. I see another thing related to women’s sin, this sin of wanting to seduce and please oneself. And there the woman loses the essential. The woman is supposed to be the mirror of the Eternal, so if she shines for herself, she has lost everything.

What do you think are the biggest challenges forwomen in today’s world?
In fact, I talk in my book about today’s challenges. I mention three. The first challenge is to be able to find a good relationship with the man. Feminism, for example, has had good aspects, such as gaining the right to vote for women. It was a necessary assertion. But if it’s about crushing or replacing the man, it’s not good.

Women are princesses, warriors, whatever you want, but also servants.

The second challenge for women is not to spread. Mary, the Blessed Virgin, is the beloved daughter of the Father, but she also says of herself that she is the ‘Servant of the Lord’. Women are princesses, warriors, whatever you want, but also servants. Women need to get back to basics, otherwise they are scattered between family life, their activities, their work, leisure. The third challenge is to make sense of their lives by using their talents. That they are not afraid to take on, to look far ahead, to succeed in their lives.

Your book also talks about the relationship with man. Which message do you hold particularly high?
The woman and the bond to the man are really important. Woman is not created alone, there is a complementarity between Adam and Eve. I would not be where I am without my husband. The Lord gave a mission to both Adam and Eve. It is this right complementarity that allows us to truly work in the world.


King’s daughters, Gwenaëlle Foillard, Artège, March 2022, 15.90 euros.
Next “Filles de Roi” congress in Sainte-Baume on October 7, 8 and 9, 2022. Registration at Filles de Roi.

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