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The Life of Venerable Sister Margaret Bourgeois

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The foundress of the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, established at Montreal, Canada, 1659

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In a proceeding chapter we have spoken of M. de Maisonneuve, who was a native of Champenois, and consequently a fellow-countryman of Margaret Bourgeois--so favorably does divine Providence dispose the course of future events. We have also seen what a remarkable chain of circumstances led to his appointment as first Governor of Montreal. One might almost consider it miraculous. He laid the foundations of the new city, under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin--naming it Ville-Marie, City of Mary.



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