St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

On Friday, January 12 the Church celebrated the feast day of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, the Foundress of the Congregation de Notre Dame of Montreal. The Sisters of her community live and serve here at St. Jeans. We thank God for the legacy left to the Church by this heroic woman.

A Woman of Dreams and of Action

Marguerite Bourgeoys set off for Canada in 1653. She dreamed of taking part in the founding of a society that would embody the ideals of the first Christians. Very quickly, God’s call for her to serve became clear. Plague broke out on the ship bringing her from France to Canada; she then served as nurse with a compassionate heart.

In Montreal, Marguerite entered whole heartedly into the lives of the families she met. She was their social worker, marriage counselor, mentor, grief counselor, mother and friend.

Wanting to pass on the faith to children, she opened the first school in Montreal in an abandoned stable in the spring of 1658. A daring teacher, she created a place where young women could gather to learn new domestic skills to earn a living.

In all situations, she sacrificed herself so that the great precept of the love of God and of the neighbor be written in every heart.