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Do You Know Why We Celebrate April 17?


On April 17 we celebrate Marguerite Bourgeoys's birthday. She was born in Troyes, France on April 17, 1620. Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, Governor of Ville-Marie, invited Marguerite to found a school in the new colony. This daring missionary from Troyes arrived in Ville-Marie in 1653 and devoted herself to the education of French and Amerindian children as well as to different social works such as welcoming the Kings Wards.

With companions she had recruited in Troyes, she founded the Congrégation de Notre-Dame de Montréal, the first uncloistered religious community of women in North America.

A few years ago, the Mother House began marking this anniversary with "Mission Day." During this educational and festive event, employees are invited on guided tours of different schools and ministries of the Congregation. It is an opportunity for the Sisters to share a part of their mission with those who work with them and it is an occasion for everyone to get to know each other better and to forge bonds.


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