Happy Birthday Marguerite Dufrost de Lajemmerais

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317 years ago today, Marguerite Dufrost de Lajemmerais was born in Varennes. Married and later widowed to François Youville de la Découverte, she founded the community of the Sisters of Charity of Montreal, the “Grey Nuns” in 1737. In recognition of her exceptional life of dedication and compassion for her fellow human beings, she was canonized in 1990 by Pope John Paul II. She is buried in the Basilica of Saint Anne in Varennes where a chapel is dedicated to her.


ASGM AMY, C,01 Marguerite d’Youville fonds, baptismal records, copy, 15 October 1701
ASGM AMY Marguerite d’Youville fonds, Iconography, n.d.