Saint Brigid Religious Education
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West Hartford, CT 06110
Bl. Marie Rose Durocher
Feast day: October 6
Eulalie Durocher was born on October 6, 1811, at St. Antoine in Quebec,
Canada. She was the youngest of ten children. After her education at the
hands of the Sisters of Notre Dame, she helped her brother, a parish
priest. He invited his younger sister to his parish. She became a lay
apostle. She took charge of the household duties for her brother, the
priest. In the process established the first Canadian parish Sodality
for young women. The thirteen years she was involved in the life of the
Church and the parish were preparing her for a special work for God.
In 1843, she was invited by Bishop Bourget to found a new congregation
of women dedicated to Christian education. Accordingly she founded the
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and took the religious name
of Marie Rose. Under her saintly and wise leadership, her community
flourished in spite of all kinds of obstacles, including great poverty
and unavoidable misunderstandings.
Their particular work for Jesus would be to educate the poorest and most
neglected children. Eulalie became Mother Marie Rose. Others followed
this generous woman. They, too, believed in the importance of educating
children for the love of Jesus.
Mother Marie Rose lived only six years after her congregation
began. However, she helped her sisters from heaven because the community
continued to grow and open new convents. They started a mission in
America, too. They went to Oregon in 1859. Today the Sisters of the Holy
Names of Jesus and Mary are spread throughout the world.
Mother Marie Rose Durocher was declared "blessed" by Pope John Paul II
on May 23, 1982.
We can thank Blessed Marie Rose for the sacrifices she made to educate
children. When we are tempted to "take it easy" at school, we can ask
her to give us the will power to try our very best.
She remained unswerving in her concern for the poor. Worn out by her
many labors, Marie Rose was called to her heavenly reward on October 6,
1849, at the age of thirty-eight. She was declared Blessed by Pope John
Paul II on May 23, 1982. Her feast day is October 6.