Welcome to St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School. We hope that you find our web site to be informative. As stated in our Mission Statement, we are a "community". As a community, we depend upon each other in order to provide our students with a wide range of experiences and growth opportunities. We promote spiritual, academic, and physical development by offering a full range of programs from Junior Kindergarten to Grade Eight. Additionally, students are encouraged to actively participate in athletics and a number of extra - curricular opportunities, such as ECO Team, HOPE Committee and Book Clubs. Various support programs / activities are in place to support both students and parents.
We promote open home-school communication and utilize varied means to keep everyone informed and up to date. The use of student agendas assists in not only communication, but also serves to keep students organized and focused. Our volunteers are highly valued. Without them, a number of initiatives would simply not be possible. Interested in helping out in some fashion? - - - don't be shy, give us a call - - - we need you, as we are always looking for volunteers.
An active School Council is in place and meets regularly. All meetings are open and everyone is welcome to attend. Our School Council is a vital link between all community partners and the School Board as it works to improve and enhance the quality and level of all that we do.
Our on-going goal as a community is to have Home School and Parish work in collaboration to form a living community with a shared vision that promotes excellence through involvement and accomplishment through perseverence, all within a visibly Catholic framework.
May the peace of Christ be with you always.
About Our School
Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys was born in Troyes, France on April 17, 1620. She was the daughter of Abraham Bourgeoys and Guillemette Garnier while being the sixth of twelve children who were raised in a Christian Atmosphere. When Saint Marguerite was 19 her mother died, making her the main care-giver for her siblings. On October 17, 1640, Saint Marguerite received a grace from God that invited her to a deeper spiritual commitment. This grace was "her conversion". She joined an extern congregation and was told that she must be prepared to teach in poor areas. The director of this congregation, a sister of M. de Maisonneuve, told him that a young woman was needed to instruct Indians and colony children in the "New World". He then asked Marguerite Bourgeoys to fulfill this role..
Marguerite Bourgeoys left France on June 20, 1653. She stepped into the New World at a village called Ville Marie (Montreal) during mid-November, and she kept house for the governor while helping Jeanne Mance until the children of the colony were of school age.
During 1658 M. de Maisonneuve gave Saint Marguerite a stone stable (which is now 50 St. Paul Street West). She turned this stable into a school and dwelling place for herself and her students. Then she organized an extern Congregation which was similar to that which she had been a part of in Troyes. Chapel:
In 1657 she initiated the construction of a chapel outside of the fort to encourage pilgrimages in honour of Our Lady of Good Help. The Chapel was named the "Chapel of Notre Dame de Bon Secours" during 1687 after many difficulties had occurred during the building process. Educators:
One major problem was that her school was in desperate need of teaching staff. Saint Marguerite left for France to recruit some of these educators and returned in 1659 with four of them. In 1670 she ventured back to France once again, returning this time accompanied by six other educators. She also brought back papers that were signed by Louis XIV which gave civil charter to the "Secular Daughters of the Congregation de Notre Dame". During 1676 Bishop de Laval stated that this community was now an episcopal approbation. Kingswards:
In 1659 she brought back 32 KW's (Filles de Roi) who took up their lodgings in her home. In 1663 Saint Marguerite bought a house in order to welcome these women. The women decided upon the name of the "Mother of the Colony" for Saint Marguerite because of her devotedness to her works. Vocational School:
Saint Marguerite set up and oversaw the remodeling of a farm house in 1668 on land which had previously been acquired at Point Saint Charles. In this spot, which is presently the Saint Gabriel Museum located at 2146 Favard Street, Montreal, she set up a vocational school to teach various household arts and skills. This school was titled, "La Providence".
Progress of Her Work:
In 1680, Saint Marguerite again returned to France to obtain more recruits. Bishop Laval of Quebec was in Paris at this time and forbade her from bringing anymore women to Canada. However her works survived because women who were born in Canada began to join the Congregation. During 1681 a census was taken. This census indicated that there were 18 sisters, 7 of whom were Canadian, in Saint Marguerite's congregation. Schools were opened in other villages including Champlain, Point-aux-Trembles, and Lachine.
Welcoming the Indians:
A centre on the Mountain was constructed by the Sulpicians in order to attract Indian children. This village mainly consisted of birch bark cabins. From 1678 and on, two sisters lived and taught in this village. Two Indian girls, Barba Antontinon and Marie Thérèse Ganensagouas, were welcomed into Saint Marguerite's congregation. The task of teaching their own people was placed upon them, but this was a great risk at the time due to policies imposed by France. THE FINAL YEARS OF HER LIFE
Marguerite resigned from her position as Superior in 1693. She was replaced by a Canadian, Marie Barbier, who was the first Montrealer to join the community. Marie Barbier had joined the congregation in 1678 when she was only 15 years old.
The Religious Rule was adopted in 1698 and the sisters pronounced their vows in the presence of Bishop de Saint Vallier. The act was signed by Saint Marguerite as "Sister Marguerite of the Blessed Sacrament". Between October 1697 and June 1698, Saint Marguerite wrote her autobiography. She also wrote a type of spiritual testament. What remains of these two texts reveals an exceptional love of God and of her neighbour, the desire to imitate the Blessed Virgin in the Mystery of the Visitation and in her role with the apostles.
After having offered her life to save a younger sister, on January 12, 1700, she died peacefully. The day after her death, she was buried in the chapel of the parish of Ville Marie.
The day after her death, a priest wrote, "If saints were canonized as in the past by voice of the people and of the clergy, tomorrow we would be saying the Mass of Saint Marguerite of Canada". She was canonized on April 2, 1982. In 1975, a stamp was issued, by the Canadian Post Office, to commemorate the 275th anniversary of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys death.
PRAYERS TO MARGUERITE BOURGEOYS:
you who contributed so greatly to the human and Christian promotion of the family in the New World, continue to protect our homes.
Inspire young couples to prepare in a Christian manner for marriage.
Help husbands and wives to grow in love and fidelity to their commitments.
Assist parents in the education of their children.
Obtain for them the necessary material and spiritual means to provide for their needs.
Come to the help of those whose happiness is threatened or shattered.
Bring joy to unhappy children.
Stimulate and enlighten the zeal of those who, in their respective commitments, devote themselves as you did to the human and Christian promotion of families.
Grant that we may re-discover in the Holy Family of Nazareth an ever living model of family life based on Gospel values, and obtain for us the protection of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
"O Mother Bourgeoys, you whose compassionate power is ever increasing, show us your way of Truth, Faith and Holiness. Make us humble enough to abandon ourselves to the Will of God, generous enough to find in the Cross the joy of the Loving Giver.
May your fidelity to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament lead us ever nearer to this source of light and peace.
May your spirit of openness help us to be concerned for our brothers and sisters throughout the world.Finally, may our Lady of the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bring us to this unity of eternal grace to which God has called you for all eternity.
(Rina Lasnier, 1978)
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