Faith and Action: The Story of Marie de l'Incarnation

And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my sprirt rejoices in
God my Saviour…"

Luke 1:46-47

Marie Guyart was born in 1599 in Tours. She married, had a child, and was widowed by the age of nineteen. To provide for herself and her son, she ran the business of her brother-in-law. In 1631 she entered the Ursulines of Tours, and took the name Marie de l’Incarnation. In 1639 she sailed to New France to establish an Ursuline mission to serve the French and First Peoples communities. Her gift for practical affairs made her one of the builders of religious and civil life of Quebec. The convent became indispensable to the French colonists. Along with her sisters she established one of the first schools for girls and a safe haven for orphans. Her glimpse of Jesus, the True Image, helped her to contribute to the development of both the colony and several generations of young women, some of whom found vocations themselves.
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