Marie-Rose, Mother

Marie-Rose, Mother, name in religion of Eulalie Durocher, educator (b at St-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, LC 6 Oct 1811; d at Longueuil, Canada E 6 Oct 1849). As housekeeper to a brother at the Beloeil presbytery 1831-43, she became alarmed at the lack of rural schools. When Bishop Ignace Bourget of Montréal was unable to form a local community of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, a teaching order in Marseilles, France, Durocher agreed in 1844 to become founder and first superior of a Canadian religious community of the same name. Recognized as a woman of exceptional virtue, she brought to her work unflagging enthusiasm and unequalled ability. In the 1870s Bourget expressed the hope that she would be beatified, and on 23 May 1982 this wish was fulfilled by Pope John Paul II.