St Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700) was born the sixth of twelve children at Troyes, France. Her father died when she was very young and her mother when she was 19yrs. At 32 she was refused admission to The Carmelite Order so, she left France for Quebec in Canada with other colonists.
St Marguerite committed her life to working with the colonists and the poor, insisting on, living among them. She established the unenclosed congregation of Notre Dame in Montreal and set up numerous girls schools for their education. With a growing number of Sisters, her work prospered and today, her great educational legacy lives on. She was canonised by Pope John Paul II in 1982.
St Marguerite’s Feast Day is 12th January, the day of her death. She is the Patron Saint of orphans, the poor and those rejected by religious orders.
Pray for us that we will generously remember the poor and marginalised in our prayers and material support.
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