Sisters Mariana de Jesús Sagastume Ventura and Claudia Margarita Juárez Juárez standing next to a statue of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys in Old Montreal.
Photo, CND, 2010

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Highlights of Her Journey

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.
1658-1680 She makes three trips back to France:
1671 King Louis XIV approves her “secular sis­ters” as teachers throughout New France. Marguerite comes back with six com­pan­ions for her community.
1675 Our Lady of Bon Secours Chapel begun by Marguerite in 1655, is finally completed
1676 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!
Today Her Sisters and Associates continue to serve all over the world.

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