Mother Marie-Rose’s life story is as brief and simple as that of the flower which is an ever present reminder of her. She was born on October 6, 1811 at St-Antoine-sur-Richelieu in Quebec. It was in October 1843 that with two young companions she started the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. On October 6, 1849 she died at 38 years of age, a short 6 years after the foundation of her congregation.
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Foundation in Manitoba
In a far off region of the same Canadian soil, in the still very young province of Manitoba, Mgr A. Taché, Archbishop of St. Boniface, was trying to obtain the services of religious to insure the christian education of youth. In response to his request, at the very moment when the congregation was commemorating the 25th anniversary of the death of its foundress, 4 young women religious travelled from Quebec halfway across the continent to start a new mission out in western Canada. Sisters Jean-de-Dieu, Marie-Florentine, Electa-du-Sacré-Coeur and Marie-Élie left Hochelaga on August 10, 1874. They travelled by train, steamer and barge to eventually arrive in St Boniface on the 22nd.