New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys

detail of the painting 'Venerable Mere Marguerite Bourgeoys'; 1900 by Cadieux et Derome; British Library, London, England; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(16201700) Foundress of the Congregation of Notre Dame de Montreal, born Troyes, France; died Montreal, Canada. A member in Troyes of the lay confraternity attached to the Congregation de Notre Dame, founded in Lorraine by Saint Peter Fourier, 1598, she volunteered to go to Canada in 1653 with Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, the governor of Montreal, and opened a free school there in 1657. Later she returned to France for helpers, and in 1676 established the Congregation of Notre Dame de Montreal, whose rules were formally drawn up and approved in 1698. She was declared venerable in 1878, beatified in 1950, and canonized in 1982.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 December 2016. Web. 19 November 2017. <>