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Mother Marie-Rose, changing the lives of young girls through faith and determination, yesterday and today

The mission of the Marie-Rose Center is to spread the word about the life and work of Marie-Rose Durocher and the beginnings of the congregation of Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Born in 1811, Eulalie Durocher, Mother Marie-Rose, knew that the girls of her time had little chance for an education. With Henriette Céré and Mélodie Dufresne, in 1843 she founded in Longueuil a congregation of educating sisters that is still active today. Pastor Moïse Brassard donated a house, which would be the cradle of an educational undertaking that knew no boundaries.

Managing initiation to religious life as well as a new educational project was not an easy task. On top of that, the pioneering women met with many obstacles, including opposition to the cause, poverty, criticism and misunderstanding. Profound faith, social open-mindedness and staunch love for youth created a solid foundation for the institute. After six years of religious life, Marie-Rose died at the age of 38, leaving a well-established congregation.

Beatified in Rome in 1982, her remains rest in the Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Co-Cathedral in Longueuil. The areas where the congregation of Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary originated and grew are bursting with history.



The Foundation House

The old convent, the first boarding school that became the congregation house (headquarters) after the students left in 1982

The convent chapel, blessed in 1847

Historic rooms dating from 1740

The museum with its mural depicting the geography of our origins

Artifacts reminiscent of the foundress and her early helpers

The tomb containing the remains of blessed Marie-Rose Durocher can be seen in the chapel dedicated to her at the Cocathedral of Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue, located just a five-minute walk from the Marie-Rose Center.


80, Saint-Charles St East, Longueuil, QC  J4H 1H9
450 651-8104


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Les lignes et couleurs forment une image moderne à laquelle l’eau confère un caractère dynamique et vivant. La croix s’intègre aux flots au même titre que les sanctuaires sont partie intégrante des rives du Saint-Laurent.
La croix, solide, identifie les sanctuaires et rappelle les premières croix de bois plantées en Amérique, témoins d’une histoire qui continue de s’écrire.
Les flots entourent la croix d’une façon telle qu’ils la rendent lumineuse et dominante tout en symbolisant le caractère spirituel des lieux.
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The lines and colours create a modern image, with water adding a dynamic and lively quality. The cross is integrated with the waves, just as the sanctuaries are integral to the shores of the St. Lawrence.
The solid cross represents the sanctuaries, bringing to mind the first wooden crosses carried to America, and bearing witness to an ongoing history.
The waves surround the cross, making it luminous and dominant, a combination that symbolizes the spiritual aspect of these places.

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Las líneas y los colores forman una imagen moderna a la que el agua le confiere un carácter dinámico y vivo. La cruz se integra al río de la misma manera que los santuarios forman parte de las orillas del Saint-Laurent.
La cruz, sólida, se identifica con los santuarios y nos recuerda las primeras cruces de madera plantadas en América, testigos de una historia que se sigue escribiendo.
El agua rodea la cruz de tal manera que la vuelve luminosa y dominante al mismo tiempo que simboliza el carácter espiritual del lugar.
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