Church declares Rosalie Cadron-Jetté Venerable; founder of the Sisters of the Misericordia recognized for her heroic virtues

Friday, December 13, 2013

Rosalie_Cadron_JetteRosalie Cadron-Jetté was recognized by the Church for her heroic virtues on December 3, 2013. Born in Lavaltrie, Quebec, she founded the Misericordia Sisters of Montréal in 1848, to provide help and shelter for unwed mothers, a particularly vulnerable part of the population at that time. The recent decree recognizing her heroic virtues was authorized by Pope Francis. The decree opening her canonical inquiry had been signed on December 19, 1989, by His Eminence Paul Cardinal Grégoire, then Archbishop of Montreal, and her cause authorized by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on November 12, 1990.

According to biographical information from her religious community, Rosalie Cadron was born and baptized on January 27, 1794, the daughter of Antoine Cadron, also known as St-Pierre, a farmer in Lavaltrie, Quebec, and Rosalie Roy, also known as Desjardins, a midwife.  On October 7, 1811, she married Jean-Marie Jetté but who died in a cholera epidemic in 1832. Within 24 hours, Rosalie was left alone, looking after seven children as well as her own mother. In 1844, the Most Reverend Ignace Bourget, Bishop of Montreal, asked Rosalie, then a 50-year-old widow, to establish a community that would care for single mothers and provide for their needs, including giving them refuge. On January 16, 1848,  Rosalie Cadron-Jetté and her seven companions became Misericordia Sisters after pronouncing their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, as well as  a fourth vow  to care for and provide a home for single mothers. After 20 years of dedicated service to single mothers and to the other members of her religious community, Rosalie Cadron-Jetté died on April 5, 1864, following a long illness and immense suffering.

Link to the Website for her Canonization cause