Mélodie Dufresne - Introduction
Mélodie Dufresne was born in Beloeil. She began her studies at the village school and pursued her education with the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame in Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu. She was the second in a family of 14 children.
A friend of Eulalie Durocher, she assisted her for 10 years at the presbytery in Beloeil. In 1843, Mélodie joined with Eulalie in founding the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in Longueuil. An artist, she encouraged the students by carefully introducing them to domestic and creative arts. A number of her works (priestly ornaments) are preserved in the Congregation's archives.
Having consecrated herself totally to God, she died at 72. She always honoured the memory of Mother Marie-Rose and sought to keep her spirit alive.