St. Marguerite D’Youville

Memorial of St. Marguerite D’Youville is October 16. She is Canada’s first native born saint.

Marguerite Dufrost de Lajemmerais was born in Varennes, Quebec, in 1701. She married François Youville de la Découverte and was widowed at age 29. In 1737, she founded the community of The Sisters of Charity of Montreal (The Grey Nuns). In consideration of her exceptional life of devotion and compassion, she was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1990. Her tomb is found in the Basilica of Saint-Anne in Varennes, where a chapel is dedicated to her.

Saint Marguerite d’Youville – Resources from the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.


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Archdiocese of Toronto Instagram picture and prayer about St. Marguerite D’Youville.


O Saint Marguerite d’Youville,
you who spent your life
helping people in need,
please help me
in my present need.

I know that your prayers are powerful
before God the Father,
and I rely on you
to obtain this petition
that I am making in complete trust.

Mother of Universal Charity,
may your example encourage me
to seek God before all else
and to serve Him
in my brothers and sisters in need.



By James Duncan – This image is available from the McCord Museum under the access number M986.128, Public Domain,

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