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Oct 16 - “St. Marguerite d'Youville” © icon by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM. Happy Feast Day St. Marguerite!

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Marie Marguerite Dufrost de Lajemmerais was born at Varennes, Quebec on October 15, 1701.  Marguerite was no stranger to suffering starting with the death of her beloved father when she was only seven.   More suffering came her way when her husband Francoise d’Youville, turned out to be a gambler and bootlegger.  Four of Marguerite’s six children died in infancy and at the age of 28, she became burdened with her husband’s debts.  She saw to the education of her two sons who became priests.   A deep and abiding faith in Divine Providence marked her life as she devoted all of her time and energy to caring for the poor and destitute of Montreal.  In 1737 she founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity, known as the "Grey Nuns."  Her vision continues today through the many works of charity carried on throughout the world by the members of the six Grey Nun congregations and through the many laywomen and laymen who work in organizations founded by the Sisters of Charity.   Pope John XXIII named her the Mother of Universal Charity and she was canonized in 1990, the first Canadian-born saint.  This icon of St. Marguerite d’Youville was commissioned by the Sisters of Charity Health System in Lewiston, Maine for its nursing facility, St. Marguerite d’Youville Pavilion. 

Her feast day is October 16.

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