Bl. Marie-Rose Durocher

Eulalie Durocher was born in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Quebec on October 6, 1811.

When she was 19, her mother died and she stayed home with her father and several of her brothers. Eventually she went to manage the household of her brother Théophile, a priest in Saint Benoît and then Longueuil, where she also helped with pastoral ministry. For 12 years, her daily life included helping to look after priests when they were tired and sick, helping the poor, and visiting the sick. She observed first-hand that a lot of people had no education and the young needed both schools and religious training.

In October 1843, Eulalie left Beloeil for Longueuil. There she founded, with two companions, a congregation of religious sisters which was inspired by the rule of the sisters of Marseille. She took the name Sister Marie-Rose. From this beginning, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary became an international congregation of Catholic Women Religious, Associated and Lay Consecrated. Mother Marie-Rose died prematurely on October 6, 1849. She was beatified by Pope (now Saint) John Paul II on May 23, 1982.


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