Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys was born in Troyes, France, in the early 17th century. In 1653, she traveled to Villa-Marie, Canada, (now known as Montreal) where she began aiding the local hospital and building a school while simultaneously working with local indigenous people. Once the school was completed, Bourgeoys taught there with several female companions from France. These women formed what later became known as The Congregation of Notre Dame. Bourgeoys is the patron saint against poverty and patron saint for those who have lost their parents and those who have been rejected by religious orders. Her feast day is January 12.
- Where have you traveled to help others? What was new and different about this place (even if it was only across town from where you live!)?
- If you could create a charity or outreach program to help others, what would it look like? Who would you serve?