In 1632, though heartbroken at leaving her son, she entered the Ursuline cloister at Tours. She took her vows in 1633 and taught Christian doctrine for 6 years. From her reading of the Relations des Jésuites and her visions, she concluded that her vocation was in Canada. With 2 Ursulines and Mme de LA PELTRIE, she landed at Québec 1 August 1639 and established a convent in the lower town. In 1642 it moved to a permanent stone building in the upper town. She worked zealously at educating French and native girls, wrote numerous theological and spiritual treatises, an Iroquois catechism and Algonquian and Iroquois dictionaries, and kept abreast of public affairs. Although cloistered, she received many notable visitors at her monastery.
Author CORNELIUS J. JAENEN
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A brief chronology of the establishment of Ursuline convents throughout New France (Québec.) Written in 1948 by Sister Mary of Jesus. From the website "Quebec History," by Claude Bélanger, Marianopolis College.
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