Sunday, January 12, 2014

January 12: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys
by Pierre Le Ber

History

Marguerite had a very average childhood in France until she watched a procession for Our Lady of the Rosary when she was 20. Marguerite felt a change in her heart and knew she wanted to give herself completely to God. So she became a religious sister. When she heard about the Native Americans who lived in Montreal, Canada, Sister Marguerite knew she must help them by starting a school for the Native children. However, when she arrived in Montreal, she found out that hardly any of the children lived long enough to go to school. She worked with the lady who ran the hospital to nurse the children through every illness so that they grew up strong and happy.

Activity

The congregation that St. Marguerite Bourgeoys belonged to is still in Canada, but they also do important work all over the world. For the last 10 years, they have been working to ensure the people of Kumbo, Cameroon, have enough clean water through a partnership called OK Clean Water Project. Today, in honor of St. Marguerite, make a donation of any amount to this project. 

Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, pray for us!

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