October 6 is a memorable date for the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM). It is the date of birth (1811) and death (1849) of their foundress, Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher.
Mother Marie-Rose, superior of the first Canadian Congregation of women religious teachers dedicated to the education of girls in the countryside, shared her prophetic vision. From its foundation, the SNJM Congregation, focused their pedagogy on encouraging and empowering students to learn rather than focusing on punishment. We strive to develop the growth of the whole person
Beginning in the 1960s, the SNJM’s followed the inspiration of Blessed Marie-Rose in responding to new needs. It has collaborated in many causes for justice and continues to do so in solidarity with current challenges:
- Corporate stands on the trafficking of women, access to drinking water, migrants and refugees,
- Working in collaboration with NGOs, literacy, immigrant reception and human rights organizations.
- Spiritual and psychological accompaniment and parish work.
To commemorate this anniversary, Sr. Simone Perras prepared the following prayer:
HER LIFE, AN ANSWER TO GOD’S CALLS