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St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

Dreamer and Pioneer

Touched by God when looking at an image of Mary, Marguerite dreamed of living a life like Mary’s.

Mary “never excused herself from any journey on which there was good to be done or some work of charity to be performed” and so Marguerite crossed the Atlantic seven times, nursed those on her ship who caught the plague and went to live with the young women newly arrived in the colony. She kept her community of Sisters uncloistered so they could go where they were needed.

After the death of her son, Mary helped to form the community of the first Christians; Marguerite helped to found Ville-Marie – Mary’s city – to be like the early Church. She taught the children and their mothers to read, to sew, to pray. She served the colonists as social worker, mentor, matchmaker and grief coun­se­lor. She welcomed native women into her community.

And Ville-Marie celebrated Marguerite as “Educator of the Colony”.

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