Thursday, January 12, 2006
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

Memorial (1969 Calendar): January 12 

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys was born on April 17, 1620, and she was the sixth of twelve children. Her devout mother died when St. Marguerite Bourgeoys was 17, and her father died when she was only 27. At this time, the governor of Montreal, Canada was in France seeking for teachers for the New World. St. Marguerite Bourgeoys said "yes" to his invitation and spent the rest of her life in North America.

St. Marguerite gave away all of her parents' inheritance to other members of the family. In 1653, she sailed to Canada. Upon arriving, she initiated the construction of a chapel to honor Our Lady of Good Help. St. Marguerite opened her first school in 1658, and in 1659 she returned to France to recruit more teachers. She returned with four; in 1670, she went to France again and brought back six more. These courageous women became the first sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame.

What I find most amazing about St. Marguerite was her death. She was the founder of the Chapel of Notre Dame and spread the Gospel. But, it was her death that served Christ more than anything. It was her death that fulfilled Our Lord's Commandment: "Love your neighbor as yourself".

On the last day of 1699, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys saw one of the sisters of her religious order dying. She begged the Lord for the sister to be well and for her to take on the illness. It was the next morning (Jan 1, 1700) that the sister became miraculously well, and St. Marguerite Bourgeois was very ill. Twelve days later, St. Marguerite died.

She was canonized on October 31, 1982, by Pope John Paul ll. She is the first canonized female saint from Canada. Her body is housed in Notre-Dame-de-Bon Secours in Montreal, Canada.

Marguerite Bourgeoys, ora pro nobis!


Blessed Marguerite Bourgeoys, you survived attacks of all kinds on your faith and service. Help me keep my vocation strong despite the threats of the world and my own doubts. Amen

7 comment(s):

del_button January 12, 2006 at 9:15 PM
Tom.... said...

I'm responding to your query about Bible reading schedule... I have none, really, except to try to do some every day...hoping to read at least 4-5 pages at a crack, and see whether I stay awake for more or drift off to sleep with visions of Moses dancing in my head...speaking of Moses...just can't read about him without thinking of Charlton Heston...sorry.

del_button January 13, 2006 at 3:01 PM
Anonymous said...

Good day.

You said that you "tried to find a lot of information about St. Marguerite Bourgeois, but" that you hand not "found much."

You then said that most of what you found was in a brief biography at

You must have overlooked the link, near the bottom of that page, to a LONG biography of the saint, on another page at the same "Patron Saint" site:

God bless you.

del_button January 12, 2010 at 2:43 PM
Margaret said...

Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700)
foundress of the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre-Dame

del_button November 13, 2010 at 1:07 PM
Anonymous said...

Is there any other information about her? That's because I'm doing a history project on Marguerite Bourgeoys.

del_button January 12, 2012 at 3:16 PM
Anonymous said...

could you please tell me some more information about marguerite bourgeois because i am doing a project and i need the good information

del_button October 10, 2012 at 5:15 PM
Anonymous said...

i am doing a project on her. need information!!

del_button October 11, 2015 at 8:06 PM
Anonymous said...

i am doing a project on this your facts helped me so much thanks!
God bless,

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