Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, 1811-1849
"I have come to cast fire on the earth. How I wish that fire were blazing already!"
—Luke 12:49, a favorite quote of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher
Eulalie Durocher was born in Quebec on October 6, 1811, in the village of St. Antoine on the Richelieu River. As the housekeeper at the rectory in Beloeil and the facilitator of pastoral activities from 1831 to 1843, she understood the need for teaching youngsters, especially girls, who received little schooling.
On October 28, 1843, Melodie Dufresne (Sister Marie Agnes) and Henriette Cere (Sister Marie Madeleine) joined Eulalie in the foundation house owned by St-Antoine-de-Padoue Parish.
Quickly, pupils and aspirants to religious life hurried to join them at the house in front of the church in Longueuil, Quebec. By August 1844, the Sisters and students were so numerous that they needed to move to the new convent at 80 rue Saint-Charles Est. On December 8, 1844, Bishop Ignace Bourget presided at the official establishment of the Congregation. It was on this occasion also that the three foundresses made their religious profession.
In 1849, after six years of existence, the Congregation already had four houses and 44 religious (including seven novices and seven candidates) At the opening of Vatican II, 4,000 Sisters residing in 277 houses were teaching more than 100,000 students in Canada, the United States, Lesotho, Peru and Brazil. Over the years, the Congregation has given more than 6,500 religious to the world and the Church.
Today, the Congregation's mission continues in Canada, the United States, Lesotho, Brazil, and Peru with some 1,000 Sisters and 600 Associates.
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