Hedwidge Davignon - Introduction
Hedwidge Davignon was born in St-Mathias-de-Rouville. Her father, a farmer, died when she was 5 years old. Her mother taught at Académie Davignon and provided the education of her 10 children. Hedwidge attended the convent of the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre-Dame in Saint-Hyacinthe where she developed her aptitudes for the arts and for study. She then became a teacher in her mother's school.
She would be the 5th newcomer to enter the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. A born educator, she had exceptional gifts for teaching and a great apostolic spirit. It was she who would succeed Mother Marie-Rose as Superior General (1849-1857).
She founded the boarding schools in Saint-Hilaire, Beauharnois and Verchères. In charge of the missionary Sisters in Oregon from 1864 to 1872, she visited homes, bringing help and encouragement and gaining the respect of the population. She died at age 83.