Monday, October 5, 2015

Bienheureuse Marie-Rose Durocher-webOn October 6, the Church in Canada celebrates the life and witness of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Longueuil. Eulalie Durocher was born in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, on October 6, 1811. As a teenager she wanted to become a religious, but she had to give up that plan because of her health. When she was 19, her mother died and she stayed home with her father and several of her brothers. Eventually she went to manage the household of her brother Théophile, a priest in Saint Benoît and then Longueuil, Québec, where she also helped with pastoral work. In October 1843, with two companions, Eulalie founded a religious community which was inspired by the rule of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary of Marseille. She took the name in religion of Sister Marie-Rose. Mother Marie-Rose died prematurely on October 6, 1849. At the time of her death, the young religious community already consisted of 29 professed Sisters, seven novices, seven postulants and four houses of education. She was beatified by Pope (now Saint) John Paul II on May 23, 1982.

The following outline of her life and spirituality is part of an initiative by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life. The CCCB English Sector Office for Evangelization and Catechesis has developed catechetical resources on the life and spirituality of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher.

The main text outlining her life and spirituality which has been posted on the CCCB Website is a translation from the liturgical booklets issued by the French Sector Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments as part of its ongoing series for all Canadian Saints and Blesseds. Printed copies of the complete booklets in French are on sale from CCCB Publications.

Link to the biography of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher (PDF)

Link to catechetical resources in English

Link to the website of the Congregation