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St. Marguerite d'Youville

St. Marguerite D'Youville was born at Varennes, Quebec, on October 15, 1701. She studied under the Ursulines, married Francois D'Youville in 1722, and became a widow in 1730. She worked to support herself and her three children, and devoted much of her time to the Confraternity of the Holy Family.

In 1737, with three companions, she founded the Grey Nuns when they took their initial vows; a formal declaration took place in 1745. Two years later she was appointed Directress of the General Hospital in MontrealShe died in Montreal on December 23, 1771; since her death, the Grey Nuns have established schools, hospitals, and orphanages throughout Canada, the United States, Africa, and South America, and are especially known for their work among the Eskimos.

She was canonized in 1990 by Pope John Paul II. Her Feast Day is April 11.

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