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|Blessed Marie de l'Incarnation
Her Life and Spirituality
FROM FRANCE TO NEW FRANCE (QUÉBEC)
First superior of the Ursulines of
Quebec, MARIE GUYARD was born at Tours, France, 28 Oct., 1599 and died at Quebec,
Canada, 30 April 1672. Her father was by birth a bourgeois; her
mother was connected with the illustrious house of Barbon de la
Bourdaisière. From infancy Marie gave evidences of great
piety and detachment from the world. At the age of seventeen, in
obedience to her parents, she was married to a silk manufacturer of
the name of Martin, and devoted herself without reserve to the
duties of a Christian wife. The union was a source of trials: the
only consolation it brought her was the birth of a son, who
afterwards became a Benedictine as Dom Claude, wrote his mother's
biography and died in the odour of sanctity. Left a widow after two
years of married life, she entertained the idea of joining the
Ursulines, but the care which her child required of her delayed the
realization of this project, until he had reached the age of twelve,
when she followed her vocation unhesitatingly. The Ursuline Order
had recently been introduced into France by Madame de Sainte-Beuve,
and Madame Martin took the veil in the house of that order at Tours.
The care of the novices was confided to her two years after her
entry into the convent. She always felt intense zeal for saving
souls, and at the age of about thirty-four she experienced new
impulses of "the apostolic spirit which transported her soul even to
the ends of the earth"; and the longing for her own sanctification,
and the salvation of so many souls still under the shadows of
paganism inspired her with the resolution to go and live in America.
She communicated this desire to her confessor, who, after much
hesitation, approved it. A pious woman, Mme de la Peltrie, provided
the means for its execution. This lady, better known as
Marie-Madeleine de Chauvigny, by her generosity, and the sacrifice
she made in leaving her family and her country, deserved to be
called the co-worker of Marie de l'Incarnation in Canada.
from Dieppe 3 April, 1639, with a few sisters who had begged to be
allowed to accompany her, Marie de l'Incarnation, after a perilous
voyage of three months, arrived at Quebec and was there joyfully
welcomed by the settlers (4July). She and her companions at first
occupied a little house in the lower town (Basse-Ville). In the
spring of 1641 the foundation-stone was laid of the Ursuline
monastery, on the same spot where it now stands. Marie de
l'Incarnation was acknowledged as the superior. To be the more
useful to the aborigines, she had set herself to learn their
languages immediately on her arrival. Her piety, her zeal for the
conversion and instruction of the young aborigines, and the wisdom
with which she ruled her community were alike remarkable. She
suffered great tribulations from the Iroquois who were threatening
the colony, but in the midst of them she stood firm and was able to
comfort the downcast. On 29 December, 1650, a terrible conflagration
laid the Ursuline monastery in ashes. She suffered much from the
rigours of winter, and took shelter first with the
Hospitalières and then with Mme de la Peltrie. On 29 May of
the following year she inaugurated the new monastery. The rest of
her life she passed teaching and catechizing the young Indians, and
died after forty years of labours, thirty-three of them spent in Canada.
Marie de l'Incarnation has left a few works which breathe
unction, piety, and resignation to Divine Providence. "Les Lettres"
(Paris, 1677-1681) contains in its second part an account of the
events which took place in Canada during her time, and constitute
one of the sources for the history of the French colony from 1639 to
1671. There are also a "Retraite", with a short exposition of the
Canticle of Canticles, and a familiar "Explication" of the mysteries
of the Faith -- a catechism which she compiled for young religious
CASGRAIN, Histoire de la Vén. Mère Marie de
l'Incarnation, (Quebec, 1888); CHAPOT Hist. de la Vén.
Mère Marie de l'Incarnation (Paris. 1S92); RICHAUDEAU,
Lettres de la rév. Mère M. de l'I (Paris, 1876).
Transcribed by Douglas J. Potter
Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
From the Catholic Encyclopedia, copyright © 1913 by the Encyclopedia Press, Inc. Electronic version copyright © 1997 by New Advent, Inc.
New Bibliography by H. Giguère (Laval University, Québec)
Last Update September 30 2004