Catholic Encyclopedia – Congregation of the Presentation of Mary


This congregation, devoted to the education of young girls, was founded in 1796< at Theuyts, Ardeche, France, by the Mother Marie Rivier. The mother-house is now at Saint-Andeol, Ardeche. The superior general is the Mother Marie Sainte-Honorine. The provincial house in Canada was founded on 18 October 1853, by Mgr Jean-Charles Prince, first Bishop of Saint Hyacinthe. It is also the mother-house and the religious make their vows there. The first six religious, with Mother Marie St-Maurice as superior, settled at Ste-Marie de Monnoir, where Rev. E. Crevier, pastor of this parish, had prepared a convent for them. They opened a boarding-school and a class for day pupils; both of these are very prosperous at the present time. In 1855 the novitiate was transferred to Saint Hugues (in the county of Bagot), and in 1858 it was definitively located at Saint Hyacinthe in a convent which was occupied up to this time by the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal. This house was of insufficient accommodation and the community was obliged to erect, not far from the seminary, a large building of which they took possession in 1876. The house occupied since 1858 then became an academy. Later it was necessary to add a large annex to the first building. The students were installed there in 1907. The provincial house is at the same time the mother-house of the institution in Canada. The Congregation of the Presentation of Mary comprises 30 houses in Canada and 16 in the United States educating 13,670 children.

MLA Citation

  • Sister Mary Saint David. “Congregation of the Presentation of Mary”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 January 2014. Web. 24 January 2021. <>