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The Life and Mission of Marguerite Bourgeoys: Daring to Dream a New World into Being

Congrégation de Notre-Dame

The Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame are celebrating a very special anniversary, the 400th anniversary of the birth of their foundress, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys born in Troyes, France in 1620.

At the age of 20, a “touch of grace:” led Marguerite Bourgeoys to give herself to God. She embarked for the New World at the age of 33 in 1653, strengthened by the Virgin Marys’ call: “Go, I will not abandon you.” Having journeyed there to be a teacher, she became known as the “Mother of the Colony.”  In 1658, she opened Montreal’s first school.  At a later time with others, she directed the building of the first stone chapel, Notre-Dame-de Bon-Secours in Montreal.

Throughout the history of the Congregation, sisters, associates and collaborators have been liberating educators in Canada, the USA, Japan, Central America, Cameroon and France.  In Ottawa the CND sisters have had an educational and pastoral presence for over 150 years. Today, we are still actively present with families, parishes, schools and persons who live and struggle with poverty, homelessness, addictions and refugee resettlement, etc. The CND community wish to be advocates for social justice and respect for all Creation.

Almost 400 years ago began this great adventure of a woman who dared to dream a new world into being. Throughout the centuries Marguerite Bourgeoys has inspired a generation of sisters and associates to continue the mission of liberating education.

We welcome you to attend these events

A Joyous Presentation on the Life and Mission of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Daring To Dream A New World Into Being by Kathleen Deignan, CND.

Saturday, November 2, 2019, St. Paul University, Ottawa: 233 Main Street, Laframboise Hall - L 120.

Registration 8:45 am (coffee) Presentation 9:15 am- 12:30 pm – followed by lunch.

Registration in advance before October 18: or call 613-875-3303

A  Eucharistic  Celebration  on  the  Feast  Day  of  St.  Marguerite  Bourgeoys 

Sunday, January 12th at noon, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ottawa.

Presider:  Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J.


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