OTD: Marguerite Bourgeoys returns to Montreal

On today’s date in 1659, Marguerite Bourgeoys returned to Montreal from France with French nurse Jeanne Mance.

The duo was accompanied by 62 men and 47 women settlers who would found the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal—the first religious order to originate in Canada—in the colony of New France (present-day Quebec).

In 1975, Canada Post commemorated Bourgeoys on an eight-cent multi-coloured stamp (Scott #660) as part of its Canadian Personalities issue. Printed by Ashton-Potter, the stamp has general tagging along each side. Designed by Jacques Roy, the stamp featured French artist Elmina Lachance’s 1900 painting titled Marguerite Bourgeoys

Bourgeoys was born in France in 1620. When she was 20, she believed to have received a vision, which inspired her to devote her life to God. She later came to New France to teach at the request of the governor of Montreal.

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