322nd anniversary of the birth of Marguerite d’Youville

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Today we celebrate the 322nd anniversary of the birth of Marguerite d’Youville. First Canadian-born saint, she was the founder and inspiration behind the Grey Nuns of Montreal’s congregation. We invite you to discover an exhibition dedicated to her at the Sainte-Marguerite-d’Youville sanctuary in Varennes.

Source: ASGM, AMY,K,29.02, Statue of Marguerite d’Youville in Varennes, 1943
Source: ASGM, L272, Mother d’Youville’s House (Montreal), ca 20-.

The statue was unveiled and blessed on July 25, 1943 by Mgr Anastase Foret, Bishop of St. Jean. The work of the Carli-Petrucci firm, it was a gift to Varennes from the Grey Nuns of Montreal on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the founding of its parish.

Damaged, it was stored in a shed in 1972, then restored; it now sits in the inner courtyard of the Maison de Mère d’Youville in Montreal.