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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.

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