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Key Moments: Marie-Rose Durocher

1811 October 6
Birth and baptism of Eulalie-Melanie Durocher at St-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada.

1831 to 1843
Eulalie Durocher lives at Beloeil where her brother Theophile is pastor. Eulalie manages his household, acts as hostess, and gains experience in the exercise of leadership. At the same time she acquires a broader view of the needs of society at that time.

1841 December
Arrival of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Canada. Father Pierre-Adrien Telmon becomes Eulalie Durocher's spiritual director.

1842 May 26
Canonical establishment at Beloeil, by Father Telmon, O.M.I., of the first Congregation of the Children of Mary in Canada for children of the parishes. Eulalie Durocher is elected president and exercises the role of spiritual animator.

1843
At the requ
est of Bishop Ignace Bourget, Eulalie Durocher founds a new religious Congregation dedicated to the Christian education of youth.

1843 October 28
Eulalie Durocher and her two companions, Mélodie Dufresne and Henriette Céré, begin their postulate at Longueuil under the direction of Father Jean-Marie Francois Allard, O.M.I.

1844 February 28
The three postulants begin their Novitiate and receive their religious names: Eulalie Durocher (Sister Marie-Rose); Mélodie Dufresne (Sister Marie-Agnes); Henriette Céré (Sister Marie-Madeleine).

1844 December 8
Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The three novices make profession of poverty, chastity and obedience. Bishop Bourget names Sister Marie-Rose first superior of the Congregation.

1846 August 15
Profession of perpetual vows by the three foundresses: Sisters Marie-Rose, Marie-Agnes and Marie-Madeleine, along with Sisters Veronica of the Crucifix and Therese-de-Jesus.

1849 October 6
Death of Mother Marie-Rose, foundress of our Congregation.

Other important dates

1927 November 9

Beginning of the first phase of the proceedings for the cause of Mother Marie-Rose.

1972 October 7
Official introduction of the cause for beatification of Mother Marie-Rose by Pope Paul VI.

1979 July 13
Decree on the heroic virtues of Mother Marie-Rose. Pope John Paul II declares her Venerable.

1982 May 23
Beatification of Mother Marie-Rose by Pope John Paul II in Rome. She is given the official name of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher.

2004 May 1
The transfer of the tomb of Marie-Rose Durocher from the Motherhouse in Outremont to the Cocathedral Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue in Longueuil. In the right transept of the Cocathedral, the Chapelle Marie-Rose was built in her honor.


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Birthplace of Eulalie Durocher (1725-1885)
St-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Quebec

First Council Meeting, Longueuil, Quebec
December 12, 1844
Artist: Louise-de-Savoie, SNJM
(Antoinette Tellier)    1928

Beatification of Marie-Rose Durocher
Rome - May 23, 1982