Next session: Monday, January 23 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall Conference Room. Click here for a complete schedule.
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys was born in France on Good Friday, April 17, 1620. When she was 19, Marguerite became a member of a lay organization, the extern Congregation of Troyes, dedicated to teaching the children of the poor. Marguerite sailed for Ville-Marie (Montreal) in 1653, and she is considered by many to be a co-foundress of the city. She organized a Congregation patterned after the one she was a part of in France, but adapted to meet the needs of the new colony. Marguerite established a school system, opening the first school in Montreal, as well as a network of social services. She founded the Congregation of Notre-Dame, one of the first existing active congregations of women religious, the norm for women religious being a cloistered life. Marguerite resisted efforts to merge her sisters with the cloistered Ursulines, desiring instead to continue to live alongside the people she served. St. Marguerite died on January 12, 1700 after a life of heroic poverty, ceaseless prayer, and “untiring devotedness to the service of others.” She is Canada’s first woman saint, and her feast day is January 12.
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