Prayers, Quips and Quotes: St. Marguerite d’Youville, Feast Day April 11

St. Marguerite d'Youville
St. Marguerite d’Youville



The feast day of St. Marguerite d’Youville is celebrated on April 11.

St. Marguerite d’Youville was born in Quebec on October 15, 1701. She studied under the Ursulines and married Francois d’Youville in 1722. Her husband died in 1730 leaving her poor with six children. Four of her six children died in infancy. She educated her two sons to become priests. To pay off the debt her husband had left she opened a dry goods store.

In 1727, she and three other women founded the Sisters of Charity becoming known as the Grey Nuns. They fought for the rights of the poor, caring for the homeless, sick and destitute. She also became the Directress of General Hospital in Montreal.

St. Marguerite d’Youville died on Dec. 23. 1771. Pope John Paul II canonized her on Dec. 9, 1990 calling her the Mother of Universal Charity. Over 3000 women belong to the Grey Nuns today.

Sacrifices are the flowers Jesus and Mary chose.

Quote of St. Bernadette; Feast day April 16

April is the Month of the Eucharist.


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