The Foundress, Marguerite d’Youville, was a widow and mother of two young sons. Besides caring for the needs of her family she also extended a helping hand to life’s wounded people in her midst. In the broken hearts, spirits and bodies of the destitute she saw Jesus Christ.
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys was born in Troyes, France in 1620, and died in Montreal in 1700. She is renowned for her work, her spirituality, and her impact on society and the Church in North America.
First superior of the Ursulines of Quebec, MARIE GUYARD was born at Tours, France, 28 Oct., 1599 and died at Quebec, Canada, 30 April 1672. Her father was by birth a bourgeois; her mother was connected with the illustrious house of Barbon de la Bourdaisière.