New Catholic Dictionary – Marie Marguerite d’Youville

Saint Marguerite d'YouvilleArticle

nee Dufrost de jajemmerais (1701-1771), foundress of the Grey Nuns, or Sisters of Charity of the General Hospital of Montreal, born Varennes, near Montreal. Left a widow with three small children, and in straitened circumstances, she devoted herself to charity, and gathering a few companions formed the nucleus of her order. In 1747 they were entrusted with the management of the General Hospital, founded by M. Charron (1694) and at this time heavily in debt. They succeeded in reorganizing the institution and opened it to disabled soldiers, the insane, incurables, foundlings, and orphans. In 1755 the Rule of their institute was confirmed. The cause of the beatification of the foundress was introduced in 1890.

MLA Citation

  • “Marie Marguerite d’Youville”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 November 2018. Web. 18 April 2021. <>