Following a long process involving many steps which began in 1927, Mother Marie-Rose was beatified on May 23, 1982, by Pope John Paul II.
The inquiry process was launched with the introduction of the cause by the postulator in Rome and the vice-postulator in Montreal. On November 9, 1927, a preliminary diocesan investigation was opened in Montreal by Archbishop Paul Bruchési. When a bishop opens a Cause of Canonization, the person concerned is automatically referred to as “Servant of God”.
On November 7, 1972, Pope Paul VI designated the cause as valid and worthwhile to Christendom. Next came the apostolic process in Montreal and Rome, the Windsor inquiry into the miracle in 1972, the heroic virtues with the issuance of the decree of the Supreme Pontiff on July 13, 1979, henceforth designating Mother Marie-Rose Durocher as “Venerable”.
On January 8, 1981, two medical experts and a commission of seven doctors recognized the miracle attributed to the Venerable Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher.
The process for the person who has been named blessed to be proclaimed a saint, and to see his/her devotion become universal, requires the recognition of a second miracle, obtained after beatification. The stages of examination and analysis of the previous inquiries and miracle need to be gone through again to lead up to the solemn declaration of sainthood by the Supreme Pontiff.
The mission of the Marie-Rose Centre is to make the SNJM foundress known and to promote devotion to her. It collects requests for prayer and intercession and records the comments and expressions of gratitude of people who pray to Blessed Marie-Rose.
Expressions of SNJM charism still alive and well
As part of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the beatification of Mother Marie-Rose, each province presented an overview of the work done by the sisters and their affiliates that reflects the SNJM values and charism. This presentation in the form of a separate video for each province can be found on this page.