Not just anyone can be canonized…

Expo – Marie-Rose 4. Congregational Seal on Wood

At the 16th General Chapter of the SNJM in 1926, the decision to bring the Case before the Court of Rome was officially taken. In 1930, documentary research began, identifying all sources of information concerning Eulalie Durocher (Mother Marie-Rose), her writings and everything that had been produced about her. The results of this research were finally deposited in 1966.

After a lengthy investigation and study of numerous documentary sources, a new stage was reached in 1972 with the study of the heroism of Mother Marie-Rose’s virtues. In the same year, the process of studying the recognition of a miracle began.

On July 13, 1979, Pope John Paul II declared Mother Marie-Rose Venerable. The Church then recognized the virtues of faith, hope and charity. Venerability is the first step in the process of canonization.

With her status as Servant of God and the legal recognition of the miracle attributed to Mother Marie-Rose, all the documents were deposited in Rome to begin the second stage. On May 23, 1982, in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Pope John Paul II proclaimed Marie-Rose Durocher “Blessed”.

This declaration is a recognition of Mother Marie-Rose’s faith in God. The Church recognizes how this faith is put into action, and how it inspires others to follow in her footsteps to make the world a better place.

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