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Henriette Céré - Introduction

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Sister Marie-Madeleine
1804-1885

Henriette Céré was born in Longueuil and was the appointed teacher for her family and for almost all the children on "Rang de la Savane." Her reputation as a teacher ultimately led her to the parish school across from the Church of Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue. It was in this house that the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary was born in 1843. Sr. Madeleine suffered through the premature death of Mother Marie-Rose (1849) and later on, that of her companion Mélodie Dufresne (Mother Marie-Agnès).

A creative woman, she passed on her art of teaching to novices and professed Sisters. She participated in the establishment of the Saint-Timothée convent in 1848. Wherever she went, she was always known for her welcoming spirit. She died at the age of 80.

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