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The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names owes its existence to Eulalie Durocher, Mother Marie-Rose, a woman of extraordinary faith and courage who sought God in all things.

Foundation House.
Longueuil, QC



Marie-Rose Durocher




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On October 28, 1843, Melodie Dufresne(Sr. Marie Agnes) and Henriette Cere(Sr. Marie Madeleine) joined Eulalie in the foundation house owned by St-Antoine-de-Padoue Parish.

Very quickly, pupils and aspirants to religious life hurried to join them at the house situated in front of the church in Longueuil, Quebec.

By August 1844, Sisters and students were so numerous they needed to move to the new convent at 80 rue Saint-Charles Est. On December 8, 1844, in St-Antoine-de-Padoue church, Bishop Ignace Bourget presided at the official establishment of the Congregation. It was on this occasion also that the three foundresses made their religious profession.

In 1849, after six years of existence, the Congregation already had four houses and 44 religious (including seven novices and seven candidates). At the opening of Vatican II, 4000 Sisters residing in 277 houses, were teaching over 100,000 students in Canada, the United States, Lesotho, Peru and Brazil. Over the years, the congregation has given more than 6500 religious to the world and to the Church.

Today, the mission of education in the faith continues in Canada, the United States, Lesotho, Brazil and Peru with 1135 religious and 615 associates.