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The Sailors’ Church

Marguerite Bourgeoys was born in Troyes in the Champagne region of France in 1620.

In 1653, she agreed to accompany the recruitment that would shore up the defences of Ville-Marie and its 50-some inhabitants against the constant attacks of the Iroquois. During the treacherous sea voyage to the New World, she became nurse, confidante, support and firm friend to the men and women whose arrival tripled the population.

In 1655, she rallied the colonists of the town to help realize her dream of building a chapel of pilgrimage within easy walking distance of the settlement.

As the port grew in importance, the chapel became a favourite place of prayer for sailors.

A pioneer woman who worked in an outpost of the French empire, built houses and established a farm, she was also the first teacher in the new colony. Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys was canonized in 1982.

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