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Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, Foundress of the Siters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
Siters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary ^ | 2005 | Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary

Posted on 10/06/2005 6:33:59 PM PDT by Salvation

(Eulalie Durocher) 1811-1849
Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary

      Rectory of Beloeil

Watercolor by
Émérence Valcourt-Verrrier

Eulalie Durocher was born in Saint Antoine-sur-Richelieu on October 6, 1811. Housekeeper at the rectory in Beloeil and facilitator of pastoral activities from 1831 to 1843, she saw the great need for instruction of youth. Girls especially received little schooling.

Marie-Rose Centre




On May 1, 2004, the tomb of Marie-Rose Durocher was transferred to a new location called

Chapelle Marie-Rose


At the request of Bishop Ignace Bourget, she went to Longueuil to found a new teaching community with her companions Henriette Céré and Mélodie Dufresne.

On December 8, 1844, the three foundresses made their religious profession in the church of Longueuil. In this same church, on October 6, 1849, Bishop Ignace Bourget presided at the funeral of Mother Marie-Rose, who died on October 6 at the age of thirty-eight.
Church in Longueuil

By her faith, her judgement and her apostolic creativity, this woman had a great influence on the society and the Church of Quebec. A born educator, she knew how to develop people's gifts and how to open her congregation to the future.

Beatified in Rome by Pope John Paul II on May 23, 1982, her remains are now at the Cocathedral of Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue, in Longueuil.


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Today, Octoboer 6th, is the Memorial of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, Foundress of the Siters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.
1 posted on 10/06/2005 6:34:04 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: Salvation

Oops, October 6th

2 posted on 10/06/2005 6:35:01 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All

Marie-Rose Durocher : Her Portrayal in Art

Artist: Théophile Hamel
Motherhouse, Outremont, Quebec

Artist: Mary Cornelia, SNJM
Chapelle Marie-Rose,
Cocathedral Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue
Lonqueuil, Quebec

Annette Chouinard-Dubois
Motherhouse, Outremont, Quebec

Marie Rose in Cathedral

Artist: Paula Mary Turnbull, SNJM
In the Garden of the Convent of the Sisters of the Holy Names
Spokane, WA

Artist: Paula Mary Turnbull, SNJM
Holy Names High School
Seattle, WA

Artist: Pier Cloutier
Notre Dame Cathedral
Montreal, Quebec

Artist: Paula Mary Turnbull, SNJM
In front of the Cocathedral
Lonqueuil, Quebec

Artist: Deirde McCay
Painting on masonite board
St. Patrick Church
Montreal, Quebec

St. Gabriel Church
26 Grant Circle, NW
Washington D.C.

Artist: Ernest Ashcraft

Church at Watford, Ontario

Stainglass Window
St. Brendan's Church
Clearwater, FL

3 posted on 10/06/2005 6:35:45 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All; patent; Smartass

Todoay at Mass our priest mentioned that the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary played a large role in a case that went before the Supreme Court about Catholic Schools.

Anyone know the details?

4 posted on 10/06/2005 6:37:45 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

What the heck.We had pins of her donated but no-one knew who she was.

5 posted on 10/06/2005 7:07:54 PM PDT by fatima (Have a beer-It is good for everything.Beer Mod. freepathon.)
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To: fatima
From Catholic Forum:


Also known as
Eulalie Durocher
6 October
Tenth of eleven children. Drawn to the religious life, but turned away due to frail health. Became housekeeper to her brother Theophile, a priest at Beloeil. Because newly independent Canada was still a wild, untamed place, its bishop (the whole country was a single diocese) had trouble getting European religious to emigrate, so he founded new communities. Marie Rose helped found the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary who serve as teachers.
6 October 1811 at Saint Antoine-sur-Richelieu (near Montreal), Canada as Eulalie Durocher
6 October 1849 of natural causes
23 May 1982 by Pope John Paul II
bodily ills, loss of parents, sick people, sickness
Additional Information
Google Directory
Catholic Online
Diocese of Spokane, by Rosemary O'Donnell
Franciscan Brothers of the Sacred Heart
Catholic Encyclopedia: Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
Les Soeurs des Saints Noms de Jésus et de Marie [francais]
Sisters of the Holy Names
Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Society
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Do not imitate those persons who, after having spent a few months as a postulant or novice in a community, dress differently, even ludicrously. You are returning to the secular state. My advice is, follow the styles of the day, but from afar, as it were.

- Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, giving advice to a novice leaving the religious life

6 posted on 10/06/2005 7:18:04 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
Salvation,Off topic-do you know how long it took me to find a healing prayer-searched in google.10 minutes.
7 posted on 10/06/2005 7:23:53 PM PDT by fatima (Have a beer-It is good for everything.Beer Mod. freepathon.)
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To: Salvation

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Marie-Rose Durocher


To be complete a history of St. Mary's Academy must begin with Blessed Mother Marie Rose Durocher, who was born in 1811 and died in 1849. She founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary

in 1843 in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. Mother Marie Rose was a woman ahead of her time - one who saw a need and did something to meet that need. The upper classes were well-cared for by other religious communities, but there was a great need for the instruction of young girls of the villages for whom there were no teachers. These would be the mother educators and leaders of the future, and for them Mother Marie Rose began her work. Tuition paid by the more wealthy families enabled the Sisters to also include the very poor in their schools. To this day our mission includes special care for the poor.

At the time of Mother Marie Rose's death just six years after the Congregation was begun, there were forty-four Sisters teaching in four schools. In 1859 Oregon's Archbishop Francis Norbert Blanchet requested that Sisters come to the Pacific Northwest to open a school for frontier children. The Congregation numbered seventy-two when twelve Sisters were missioned by Mother Theresa of Jesus to leave Montreal and travel by boat for thirty-six days to Portland where they began the first Holy Names mission in the United States. These women, ranging in age from 18 to 33, knew very little English yet they were willing to come to a strange land knowing they might never return to their homes and loved ones. Ten Sisters were French speaking and two Irish Sisters spoke English. Their home in Portland was the Lownsdale House, located on the east block across Fifth Avenue from the present St. Mary's. The house had been vacant for some time and was in shambles. Just fifteen days after their October 21 arrival the Sisters opened St. Mary's Academy. Six students (three Catholic, two Jewish, and one Anglican) enrolled on the first day. On November 16 a boarding school was begun when the Sisters were asked to care for a 7 year old orphan girl. The Archbishop persuaded the Sisters to accept boys, so on November 20 the first boys arrived, and St. Mary's remained co-ed for 12 years. By the end of the first school year there was a student body of one hundred, twelve boarders and eighty-eight day students.

By 1865 Holy Names schools operated in Oregon City, St. Paul, Salem, The Dalles, and Jacksonville. In Jacksonville two Sisters cared for the many victims of the dreaded smallpox epidemic of 1869.

St. Mary's tradition of teaching the fine arts began with our early Sisters, who felt that art and music were important for a well-rounded education. They stopped in New York on their way from Montreal and purchased a piano. There was great rejoicing on February 24, 1860 when the piano arrived, having been shipped around the Horn. St. Mary's Academy also boasted one of the first sewing machines in Portland.

In 1867 the first two graduates received their diplomas. Since then over 10,000 young women have graduated from St. Mary's, the oldest continuously operating high school in Oregon. In 1893 St. Mary's received a charter to grant college diplomas. It was the first women's liberal arts college in the northwest and was known until 1930 as St. Mary's Academy and College.

In 1904 St. Mary's entered a float in Portland's Rose Festival parade, winning a $25 prize! The first Rose Queen, Carrie Lee Chamberlain, was a student at St. Mary's. (Her father was the governor.

The early 1920s brought the Sisters and St. Mary's Academy much concern and prominence with the passage of the Oregon School Bill. The Sisters of the Holy Names as owners of St. Mary's Academy were one plaintiff in fighting the Bill. The case began with the "Compulsory Education Bill" which was proposed by initiative petition and passed in the election of 1922. It was to take effect in 1926 and would have required all students attend public schools. The Holy Names Sisters challenged the law in U.S. District Court where it was declared unconstitutional in 1924. Governor Pierce appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which also declared on June 1, 1925 that the law was unconstitutional. This famous decision upheld the right of parents in Oregon and in the entire United States to provide for the education of their children in private schools.

In 1930 the college moved to Marylhurst and became Marylhurst College. St. Mary's present building was begun in 1940 and completed in 1965, having been built in three sections.

In 1946 St. Mary's became a high school only, and in 1951 the boarding school was discontinued.

In 1970 the old building was sold and demolished. The retaining wall, built in 1865 from the ballast of English sailing ships, still remains.

Excellence in education and the full development of each person have been part of the mission of St. Mary's through the years. Along with academics, students develop in the areas of spirituality, service, and athletics.

Students of all faiths have the opportunity to participate in liturgies, retreats, and class activities that promote spiritual growth and emphasize the teachings of Jesus Christ as expressed in The Gospel, through the tradition of the Catholic Church and as proclaimed through the charism of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Each young woman at St. Mary's Academy is involved in a vital faith community, which includes its integrated four-year religion curriculum, campus ministry program, retreats, and service opportunities. It embraces all and seeks to bring its members to greater self-awareness and understanding of their roles as visible signs of God's love of the world. Our mission statement outlines a clear call to service with a special concern for the economically and emotionally poor and disadvantaged. Students are encouraged to integrate service into their lives and make it a lifelong commitment.

St. Mary's athletic program grew with the school. Sports were a major intramural activity until the 1970s when women's athletics became a part of the Oregon School Activities Association. Students at St. Mary's had the advantage of playing on CYO teams, so our teams were ready for inter-school games. One part of our history that not many people know is the origin of our colors and name, the Blues. During the 1973-74 school year, after our volleyball team played several other schools, they were invited to a tournament at Portland State University. An SMA alumna who was involved in athletics said that our girls simply could not play wearing cut-offs and t-shirts! She went to sporting goods stores looking for uniforms and found a set of blue and white uniforms that another school had ordered and then cancelled. She bought them for half-price, and these became volleyball and basketball uniforms for several seasons. Formerly our school colors were red and white, and now we had blue uniforms! At games enthusiastic dads yelled, "Come on Blue!" and so St. Mary's Blues became our name, and we then officially changed the school colors to blue and white. From a few bloomer-clad basketball players of the '20s to over seventy percent of the students involved in at least one sport during high school, SMA has come a long way. As a member of the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA), St. Mary's competes in nine 4A level sports - cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, golf, softball, tennis, and track & field - in the Mt. Hood Conference. St. Mary's Blues teams also compete in four club sports - alpine and nordic skiing, lacrosse, and dragon boat racing.

The spirit of Mother Marie Rose Durocher has been evidenced through 146 years at St. Mary's Academy, as it has in schools, missions, and varied ministries in Canada, the United States, Lesotho, Haiti, Peru, and Brazil. St. Mary's began in 1859 with twelve Sisters. Today there are three are Holy Names Sisters , and forty-three faculty, six of whom are SMA alumnae. The ecumenical make-up of our student body has been constant through the years. Of the first six students, fifty percent were not Catholic and today this holds true of our 600 students. During the first year the Sisters cared for orphans; today over thirty percent of our students receive financial aid, with the most needy receiving ninety-seven percent aid. St. Mary's seeks to provide the best for our students: in the 1800s a harp and sewing machine enabled us to do that; today electronic music and state-of-the-art computer technology keep us on the cutting-edge of education.

Mother Marie Rose was a woman of her times, one who was willing to take risks to meet the needs of the people around her. We at St. Mary's believe that our graduates are also women of their times who make a difference wherever they may be. Mother Marie Rose's spirit is very much alive in all those who have been and are currently a part of St. Mary's.

Compiled by Sister Shawn Marie Barry
August 21, 1991, Edited in 1993, 2002, 2003, 2005

For more information, contact Sister Linda Patrick, SNJM '67, Assistant Principal Student Life

8 posted on 10/07/2005 9:59:22 AM PDT by Smartass (Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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American Catholic’s Saint of the Day

October 6
Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher

Canada was one diocese from coast to coast during the first eight years of Marie-Rose Duroche’s life. Its half-million Catholics had received civil and religious liberty from the English only forty-four years before. When Marie-Rose was twenty-nine, Bishop Ignace Bourget became bishop of Montreal. He would be a decisive influence in her life.

He faced a shortage of priests and sisters and a rural population that had been largely deprived of education. Like his counterparts in the United States, he scoured Europe for help and himself founded four communities, one of which was the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Its first sister and reluctant co-foundress was Marie-Rose.

She was born in a little village near Montreal in 1811, the tenth of eleven children. She had a good education, was something of a tomboy, rode a horse named Caesar and could have married well. At sixteen she felt the desire to become a religious but was forced to abandon the idea because of her weak constitution. At eighteen, when her mother died, her priest brother invited her and her father to come to his parish in Beloeil, not far from Montreal. For thirteen years she served as housekeeper, hostess and parish worker. She became well known for her graciousness, courtesy, leadership and tact; she was, in fact, called “the saint of Beloeil.” Perhaps she was too tactful during two years when her brother treated her coldly.

As a young woman she had hoped there would someday be a community of teaching sisters in every parish, never thinking she would found one. But her spiritual director, Father Pierre Telmon, O.M.I., after thoroughly (and severely) leading her in the spiritual life, urged her to found a community herself. Bishop Bourget concurred, but Marie shrank from the prospect. She was in poor health and her father and her brother needed her.

She finally agreed and, with two friends, Melodie Dufresne and Henriette Cere, entered a little home in Longueuil, across the Saint Lawrence River from Montreal. With them were thirteen young girls already assembled for boarding school. Longueuil became successively her Bethlehem, Nazareth and Gethsemani. She was thirty-two and would live only six more years—years filled with poverty, trials, sickness and slander. The qualities she had nurtured in her “hidden” life came forward—a strong will, intelligence and common sense, an inner courage and yet a great deference to directors. Thus was born an international congregation of women religious dedicated to education in the faith.

She was severe with herself and by today’s standards quite strict with her sisters. Beneath it all, of course, was what is common to all saints: an unshakable love of her crucified Savior.

On her deathbed the prayers most frequently on her lips were “Jesus, Mary, Joseph! Sweet Jesus, I love you. Jesus, be to me Jesus!” Before she died, she smiled and said to the sister with her, “Your prayers are keeping me here—let me go.”

She was beatified in 1982.


The Christian triad has always been and will always be prayer, penance and charity. In our day we have seen a great burst of charity, a genuine interest in the poor. Countless Christians have experienced a deep form of prayer. But penance? We squirm when we read of terrible physical penance done by people like Marie-Rose. That is not for most people, of course. But the pull of a materialistic culture oriented to pleasure and entertainment is impossible to resist without some form of deliberate and Christ-conscious abstinence. That is part of the way to answer Jesus’ call to repent and turn completely to God.


To a novice leaving religious life: “Do not imitate those persons who, after having spent a few months as postulant or novice in a community, dress differently, even ludicrously. You are returning to the secular state. My advice is, follow the styles of the day, but from afar, as it were.”

9 posted on 10/06/2006 10:25:21 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Smartass

Thanks for that info!

10 posted on 10/06/2006 10:26:50 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Lady In Blue

BTTT on the Optional Memorial of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, October 6, 2006!

11 posted on 10/06/2006 10:28:47 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Lady In Blue

BTTT on the Optional Memorial of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, October 6, 2007!

12 posted on 10/06/2007 10:10:26 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Lady In Blue
Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, Virgin

Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher,
Optional Memorial
October 6th
[In the diocese of the United States]

you enkindled in the heart of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher
the flame of ardent charity
and a great desire to collaborate,
as teacher, in the mission of the Church.
Grant us that same active love,
so that, in responding to the needs
of the world today,
we may lead our brothers and sisters
to eternal life.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings from Common of Virgins

13 posted on 10/06/2008 5:59:08 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Smartass

I knew there was a connection with Oregon. Thank you!

14 posted on 10/05/2010 11:02:26 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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