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Days in the Life of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys

Congrégation de Notre-Dame

Celebrating the anniversary of the canonization of Marguerite Bourgeoys on October 31, 1982


April 17, 1620

Born in Troyes, France.


October 7, 1640

“I felt God touched me” – begins searching for a way to respond.


November 16, 1653

She arrives in Ville-Marie after three months on the leaky ship St. Nicolas.


April 30, 1658

She opens Montreal's first school in a stone stable donated by Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, Co-Founder of Montreal.



She makes three trips back to France:


King Louis XIV approves her “secular sisters” as teachers throughout New France. Marguerite comes back with six companions for her community.


Our Lady of Bon Secours Chapel begun by Marguerite in 1655, is finally completed


Mgr. de Laval authorizes Marguerite and her companions to form a community known as “Filles séculières de la Congrégation.”


June 24, 1698

…With her Sisters, vows her life to God and the service of God's people.


January 12, 1700

Marguerite dies in Montreal – city names her “Saint Marguerite.”


October 31, 1982

She is canonized by Pope John Paul II – now she's a saint for the world!



Her sisters and associates continue to serve all over the world.



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