Our foundress, Marie-Rose Durocher, lived only 38 years, and 6 of these were spent as a woman religious in the congregation that she dedicated to Jesus and Mary.
Through her radiant personality, her strongly committed life and her gift for bringing people together, she left her mark wherever she lived.
Understanding the Needs of the Community
With her pioneering companions, Marie-Rose paved the way for over 7,000 women religious who were inspired by the inner fire that drew her to God and led her towards others.
Through her “active charity” she knew how to grasp the urgent needs of her community and to be creative in responding to those needs. Her great intuition led her to found a teaching congregation devoted to educating youth at a time when there was a major lack in Quebec in this field.
Founded in 1843, our congregation grew quickly. Thousands of young people were able to benefit from a comprehensive education. With many partners in this mission, we have managed to keep the flame alive for over 175 years, an anniversary we celebrated in 2018.
The spiritual heritage, the educational vision of “the full development of the human person” and the concern for justice bequeathed by Marie-Rose Durocher are still alive today while being constantly adapted to the multiple needs and challenges of our changing societies.