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Canadian saint lights up church in France

  • November 13, 2017
A stained glass image of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Canada’s first female saint, now adorns the Saint-Paul and Saint-Pierre Church in Hiers-Brouage, France.

The church has several Canadian connections, with many items from the New France era, as well as being located in the hometown of explorer Samuel de Champlain, who founded New France.
Bourgeoys, who was born in Troyes, France, in 1620, is the founder of the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre-Dame in Montreal and considered a co-founder of the city. She died in 1700.
Her road to sainthood began in 1950 when she was beatified by Pope Pius XII. She was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1982.
Montreal Archbishop Christian Lépine was one of several bishops and dignitaries who took part in the unveiling and blessing of the stained glass window on Oct. 28.
The window was designed by Jean-François Bordenave and presented to the church by the New France Memorial Committee of La Rochelle.

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